Summer Course – Becoming a Water Leader

IHE Delft Summer Course

Target Audience

Advanced students and professionals who have a strong commitment to becoming a water leader and are ready to take on challenges during and after the course. Successful participants will have a unique opportunity for a life-changing experience to expand their leadership abilities and put them into practice.


More than ever before in history, today’s water challenges are marked by complexity and uncertainty. Engineering knowledge is no longer sufficient, and water managers need to develop their leadership abilities to generate new solutions that build on shared visions and effective partnerships and contribute to sustainable development and green growth. Leadership development starts with expanding self-awareness, situational awareness, and communication, and draws on a range of disciplines. Water leaders are called on to build bridges across the water, food and energy sectors, and deliver innovative results through public-private partnerships in different cultural contexts.

The summer course employs the latest international research on leadership development. By working on individual and group work assignments, you will get a unique opportunity to discover and expand your leadership abilities. The results of your work will be presented on the final day of the summer course when you will make individual and group presentations. These are assessed for content and presentation skills demonstrated. The best presentations will be awarded special recognition.

During the programme, you will explore how to:
1. Lead from your core
2. Become a change maker in your organisation, and
3. Take the lead by cutting through complexity.

You will benefit from:
1. Taking assessments online before the course
2. Engaging in intensive hands-on discussions in the classroom
3. Preparing your individual leadership development plan
4. Working together in teams on assignments
5. Discussing leadership experience with guest speakers
6. Honing your communication skills by making presentations
7. Revising your individual leadership development plan with feedback from the leadership coach.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
1. Present their individual strengths and styles as a leader
2. Explain the difference between leadership and management
3. Understand how leadership is expressed as influence
4. Choose from different leadership approaches to suit a situation
5. Expand their situational awareness for effective leadership
6. Interpret intercultural dimensions of leadership
7. Implement a personal leadership development plan