At Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation we believe leadership involves people playing a clear and inspiring role from the position they hold towards a shared vision of sustainable and inclusive change – change that can be necessary at an individual, institutional and system level.
Strong and strategic leadership is critical to creating new habits and norms which make the change transformational. Those who can play this role need fostering and support in order to mobilise and motivate others towards setting shared ambitions.
Within our programme and capacity development work we identify people that have the ability to be a more natural and social leader. Some already manifest this and some are still unsure in this role. All, however, could make much greater use of their potential if they receive dedicated support in this area. Inter-personal skills, systems understanding and organisational awareness are vital for effective leadership.
Being an expert in your own area or having technical skills alone is not enough to be a leader that stands out.
We provide specific training for this group of active and potential leaders to develop the capacity and competencies they require. These cover:
- content (what do I need to know to gain an overview, how can I make sense of current trends?)
- personal abilities (how do I recognise my own strength andsystem (how do I understand the system motivation?)
- system (how do I understand the system in which I’m operating and my role and ability to influence it?).
Individual and network development
Our approach focuses on the unique individual. We therefore offer tailor-made modules focused on leadership and what this entails within the specific context of the participants’ work. We combine science-based understanding, collaborative skills and structured reflection processes to strengthen peoples’ leadership capacities.
These modules supplement the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation courses on topics ranging from food nutrition security to landscape governance. Last but not least, we develop specific training courses on the topic of leadership, bringing together people from different domains who share their experience in leadership roles and aspirations.
Learning from other leaders
Our network of alumni enables them to connect with peers, exchange experiences, feed their vision and have the space and structure to reflect on their leadership role (separate from their content role).
Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation is moving this non-explicit network of potential leaders towards an explicit network of leaders for whom we develop support structures that enable them to take on a clearer and unequivocal leadership role, gain reassurance and find inspiration.