Leadership in a disruptive world: Exploring strategies of transformational leadership

The civil society sector is affected by a whole range of disruptions, including fast and fundamental technological, political and environmental changes — many of which have the potential to undermine if not destroy the work of local, national and international civil society organisations (CSOs). In order to survive and thrive in a disruptive environment, CSOs will have to continuously transform themselves, overcoming critical challenges and seizing new opportunities. CSOs’ need for continuous transformation demands a very different leadership style. While traditional leaders had to stand for stability and consistency, transformational leadership has to stand for flexibility and adaptability. While traditional leaders embody continuity, transformational leaders embody change. This masterclass will explore key strategies used by transformational leaders. Based on these experiences, participants will develop their own approaches to transformational leadership.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the difference between management and leadership – and be able to navigate between both
  • Be aware of a range of key strategies of transformational leadership – and be able to use these strategies as appropriate
  • Develop a personal approach to transformational leadership

Who should attend: The masterclass will be most relevant for participants with line management experience and for aspiring leaders who are willing to face the hard choices of managing and leading transformation.

Session style: Based on several structured inputs, there will be an open, highly participative process co-shaped by all participants. Work in small groups or, if necessary, individually will allow for maximum personal engagement and benefit.


Burkhard Gnärig (Portugal)
Co-Founder, FAIR SHARE of Women Leaders