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Public Leadership Consulting


Admission requirements

This course is only available to students of the Honours College TGC.
Students will need to provide proof (through the motivation letter and CV) of basic knowledge about leadership theory.

Maximum number of students: 30


Public Leadership is much more than the collection of leaders in the public sector. It is about empowered individuals who engage creatively with their social context to improve their wellbeing and that of the people they work with. Leadership is an emergent field of study that departs from that of management studies towards the problematisation of effective leadership as a behaviour rather than a trait. Leadership then, as a verb, can be exerted by individuals, groups and organisations to deal with concepts like social impact, engagement, meaning, group dynamics, change management, and purpose.
This course is designed for you to experience a real-life scenario of leadership within an organisation from the lenses of a group of consultants. In four months, you will dive deep into the current leadership challenge of a large public organisation along with four other students, developing your analytical skills to frame the issues at hand, your creative skills to research and draft solutions and your leadership skills within your group and in the final presentation. A team of experts will provide in-depth workshops and coaching sessions in order to support you in creating a harmonious and productive work environment with your teammates and in developing the skills necessary to help your clients move forward.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the role of leadership in complex organisational and societal issues.

  • Apply theories and insights from Public Leadership literature into a consulting project.

  • Analyse and reflect on the leadership approach within a public institution from a multidisciplinary perspective.

  • Develop and apply leadership skills to contribute to public objectives.

  • Develop a professional consulting report in group.


On the right side of the programme front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

This course is worth 5 ECTS, which means the total course load equals 140 hours.

Contact hours: 20
Self-study including assignments: 120

  • Seminars: 4 seminars of 2 hours, a conference or special event of 4 hrs and a final seminar of 4hrs (16h)

  • Work group sessions: 4 coaching sessions of 1 hour (participation is mandatory) (4h)

  • Literature reading: 3 hours/14 weeks (42h)

  • Practical work & client visits: 3 hours/ 14 weeks (42h)

  • Assignments & presentation: 36 hours

Assessment method

The assessment methods will look as follows:

  • 75% Group Assignments

  • 25% Individual Assignment

☒ Option 1: Students could only pass this course after successful completion of all partial exams. ☐ Option 2: It is not required to successfully complete all partial exams in order to pass this course. Students are allowed to compensate a ‘fail’ (grades up to and including 5.0).

The assessment methods will be further explained in the first session of the class.

Reading list

A selection of academic papers/articles announced through Brightspace.


TGC coordinator/administration will take care of enrolment.
Please note: students are not required to register through uSis for this class. Your registration will be done centrally after successful completion of the class.


Lecturer: Dr. B. S. Kuipers


Topics: public leadership, social challenges, social impact, consulting, organisational change

Skills: leadership, multidisciplinary research, multicultural communication, diagnosing public challenges, designing solutions for social impact, developing recommendations for social impact, creating a professional consulting report, professional presentation