Climate Academy

Sustainable Leadership Masterclass

Become a climate leader and shape the climate transformation in your organization

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Leading the change toward a sustainable future

To counteract climate change and other pressing environmental problems, sustainability transitions are urgently needed in almost all sectors of our economy. Leaders play a crucial role in these transitions because they need to navigate their organizations through the related – sometimes radical – change processes. Our Sustainable Leadership Masterclass prepares leaders for this challenging journey.

Next Start: January 19th, 2023 (Language: English)

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What you will learn

Learning objectives

After this Masterclass you will:

  • Have strategies for enterprise-wide climate transformation at hand
  • Recognize how to align business and climate goals
  • Know methodologies and frameworks for successful climate collaboration within the organization
  • Have insights into strategies for engaging relevant stakeholders
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Who should participate


  • Leaders from all industry branches who want to contribute to the sustainability transition
  • Team leads who want to establish the topic of ‘climate action’ in their teams and business units
  • Employees who lead ‘green teams’ or aspire to do so

Hard Facts


Format: 100% online (live or on-demand)

Committment: 10-12h over 3 weeks

Language: English

Price: € 490

Next Start: January 2023

Your Benefits

Flexible Learning

Attend from anywhere in the world and decide flexibly whether you want to attend the sessions live or watch them afterward. That's how you can perfectly fit the Masterclass into your everyday work life and achieve your learning goals.

Strong Community

Benefit from cross-company interaction with peers facing the same challenges, both in the course and as part of the alumni community beyond the duration of the Masterclass.

Official Certificate

Upon successful completion of the Masterclass, you will receive your official Glacier Climate Academy certificate, which will make you stand out in your company and on the job market.


Program Details

Sensing opportunities for change

Session 1
Live & On-Demand
Jan 19, 2023 , 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

In the first session, you will get an overview of the necessary tasks and skills to lead sustainability transitions. You will learn about various types of change, dynamic capabilities, and the role of the organization’s ‘dominant logic’ in the context of change and leadership. During this first module, you will then dive deeper into the topic of ‘sensing opportunities for change’. Overall, the session will tackle the following questions:

  • What are my key tasks as leaders for sustainable change?
  • How can I make sure to be up-to-date with sustainability trends and topics that are relevant for our organization?
  • How can I encourage motivated employees to bring ideas for sustainability?

After this session, you will:

  • Know the differences of leading through continuous and radical change
  • Understand the role of the ‘dominant logic’ for change and leadership
  • Be able to tap into of potential sources of information for sensing relevant sustainability trends


Dr. Barbara Kump, Professor for Business & Sustainability, University of Twente

Seizing opportunities for change

Session 2
Live & On-Demand
Jan 26, 2023 , 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Once leaders are aware about what is going on around them and what are the potential sustainability trends and issues that may be relevant for their organization, they need to make informed decisions. Hence, in the second session, the focus will be on core tasks of leadership for sustainability, such as sensemaking, visioning, decision making, and agenda setting. During this second module, you will then dive deeper into the topic of ‘seizing opportunities for change’ and tackle the following questions:

  • What are the necessary leadership skills for sustainable leadership and how do they go beyond ‘normal’ leadership?
  • How can I make value-based decisions thereby balancing strategic business interests and responsibility for environmental issues? How can I deal with the related ‘clash of values’?
  • How can I create an inspiring vision and include employees and other network partners in this process?

After this session, you will:

  • Understand how leadership for sustainability transitions goes beyond ‘normal leadership’
  • Be aware of the role of intuition and mindfulness in this context
  • Be able to consider sustainability issues in their decision making processes
  • Know how to inspire others and involve them in the change process


Dr. Armin Pircher-Verdorfer, Professor for Ethical Leadership, University of Amsterdam

Transforming the organization

Session 3
Live & On-Demand
Feb 2, 2023 , 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Once leaders have decided for certain business opportunities, CSR activities or internal changes, they need to bring them to life. Hence, Module 3 of the Sustainable Leadership Masterclass is focusing on ‘transforming the organization’ before the backdrop of the existing organizational culture and ‘dominant logic’. In this module, you will learn about best-practices of change management in the context of sustainability. This third module will deal with the following questions:

  • What are the steps of successful change management and what is my role as a leader in this change?
  • How can I motivate groups of people to join the change? What do I need to do in order to remove obstacles for change?
  • How do I know if the change was successful?

After this session, you will:

  • Know the necessary steps you need to take for successfully leading the change
  • Understand how you can motivate others for the change and remove obstacles for them
  • Be able to apply the ‘organizational change canvas’ to your own change situation


Dr. Michel Ehrenhard, Professor for Strategic Entrepreneurship, University of Twente

Your sustainable leadership handbook


During the entire sustainable leadership masterclass you will be work on your very individual sustainable leadership handbook, which you can apply to your own use case immediately after course completion.


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Next Start: January 19th, 2023

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