About the Course

Today’s complex global challenges need new leadership capacities: embracing diversity and building collaboration in order to develop innovative approaches with the potential for transformation.

This 7-week open online course “Leadership for Global Responsibility” invites you – and open minds for change from all over the world – to go on a leadership journey. Bring your challenges and stories, learn from each other and collaborate on creative solutions.

You will embark on this journey with international experts, e.g. Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer (Presencing Institute), Maja Göpel (Wuppertal Institute), Ceren Ozer (World Bank Institute), Dirk Messner (German Development Institute) and more as well as with experienced practitioners and regional facilitators from around the world. You will engage with global issues, reflect upon values, develop your own competencies and meaningful solutions for urgent leadership challenges. The course will provide the space for you to connect with others to take innovative action. Using live webinars, individual exploration, co-creative assignments and online conversation, we will enquire into the principles of cooperation, international diversity, innovative collective action and transformation.

“The overarching element that separates out the mundane from the inspiring, powerful and meaningful, is a leader who is authentic – insightful and sincerely herself”                              – Climate Leadership Program Alumna (GIZ), South Africa

The MOOC will support participants on their personal and collective journeys, providing you with supportive tools to enhance your reflection, collaborative action and transformative change initiatives.

Course Outline
  • Week 0 (25 March) – Introduction week: Leadership Challenges and the MOOC
  • Week 1 (1 April) – Starting the journey: Leadership Competencies
  • Week 2 (8 April) – Exploring the outside world: Stories from leadership challenges around the world
  • Week 3-4 (15 April) – Exploring the inner world: Values and mindsets for global responsibility
  • Week 5 (29 April) – Enacting the new: Prototyping innovative solutions
  • Week 6 (6 May) – Continuing the journey: Review, next steps and application

We invite change makers beyond hierarchical borders, from all over the world, with diverse backgrounds, to embark on a leadership journey of co-creation - a collective effort to become the change we want to feel in the world. To actively participate in this course, plan to spend at least 3-4 hours per week: having in mind – the journey of effective leadership for global responsibility will take you a lifetime!

Course Format

Each Tuesday, you will receive a newsletter with a set of material that you can work through on your own pace – this will include videos and reading material. A reflective exercise will help you move forward on your own leadership journey. You can do this exercise on your own or link up with peers, e.g. from your region. Every Thursday, we meet in a webinar with leadership experts and practitioners to deepen the learning. A recording will be available on Friday the latest. In addition, there is an open space session on Mondays for you to bring your own questions and deepen your learnings around the exercises.

Outstanding participants who use the MOOC to collectively work on innovative prototypes, will get the opportunity to receive an invitation to present this prototype on an international conference in Germany, which is one of the top rewards within the MOOC besides others.

Faculty and Project Partners

Based on its successful leadership journeys in South Africa, Indonesia and Germany, GIZ’s Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) offers its innovative learning approaches in an accessible online format for the first time. 

Accompanying partners on this journey are, besides others, the World Bank Institute, the Presencing Institute, the Center for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia Pacific at Bogor Agricultural University (CCROM) in Indonesia, the Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute (GCSRI) of the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy in Germany and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI).

At the core team is the AIZ Leadership Development Team Brigitta Villaronga-Walker, Susanna Albrecht, Raisa Cole, Klaus Althoff, Heike Pratsch in a co-creation with collaboration partners worldwide.

Guest speakers include Peter Senge (Author: The Fifth Discipline), Otto Scharmer (Presencing Institute and Author: Theory U), Maja Göpel (Wuppertal Institute and Author: "The Great Mindshift"), Alumni of GIZ leadership programs and others.