The Self-taught Version of the Course on Leadership for Civil Society

We invite civil society organisations from the Eastern Partnership countries to engage with our self-taught version of the Online Course on Leadership for Civil Society Organisations, developed and delivered with our partners Office for European Expertise and Communications.

Who is the course for?

  • Civil society leaders / project leaders / programme managers / board members of CSOs’ associations working in civil society organisations from the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine);
  • Civil society activists from the Eastern Partnership countries who can demonstrate they have taken on a leadership role in their communities or groups;
  • Social start-up leaders and social entrepreneurs from the Eastern Partnership countries;
  • And anyone who wants to learn more about leadership in a civil society organisation.

What will you achieve by taking the course?

  • You will have a better understanding of your leadership style, the people you lead and how you could adapt your leadership style;
  • You will be able to improve your leadership skills and more effectively manage and motivate others so as to reach better results;
  • You will strengthen your negotiation skills and reflect on how to collaborate more effectively with others, from your own team to external stakeholders;
  • You will be able to better understand the challenges faced by women leaders and, if relevant for you, will gain the ability to overcome those challenges.

What will you learn about?

The course is divided into five different modules, taking you step by step from having a better understanding of your individual leadership style to developing your negotiation skills and building trust:

  • Module 1 will help you understand the people you lead and how you can adapt your leadership style. You will learn about leader typology, the weaknesses and strengths of different types of leaders – all adapted to the context of civil society organisations.
  • Module 2 will help you better manage and motivate virtual and in-person teams by covering topics such as the triggers of individual motivation in the context of civil society work and how to develop motivation and commitment in CSO teams.
  • Module 3 will support you in strengthening your negotiation skills by exposing you to the main theories on negotiation, practical strategies for negotiation and helping you apply different strategies to various stakeholders relevant for civil society organisations.
  • Module 4 will focus on conflict resolution and building trust (including leader accountability in a civil society context).
  • Module 5 on female leadership will be looking at the particular challenges faced by women leaders.

 Who are the lecturers?

Our course brings together different experienced professionals from the region to share their knowledge and skills with you.

Maryna Korzh (Belarus / Georgia) is an experienced facilitator, trainer, and coach. Maryna is leading the campaign “March, babe!” advocating for the law on counteracting domestic violence in Belarus, runs empowerment and leadership courses for young women from civil society organisations, political parties, grassroot movements and underrepresented groups. Maryna co-created the learning playlists “Self-leadership” and “Leader of Local Community” integrated into the online Women’s Playlists launched on the platform.

Yuliya Stankevich (Belarus) is a non-formal education trainer, facilitator and consultant. Yuliya has been active in civil society from 2000 (NGO “Youth Education Center “Fialta”), working with Belarusian CSOs and in international projects. Yuliya has been involved in online courses for civil society since 2018.

Laimonas Ragauskas (Lithuania) lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and works as a facilitator, supervisor and coach mainly in the area of non-formal learning and training for various youth work organisations as well as local and European institutions. Laimonas is recently working a lot with various online solutions for the youth work field as well as building and facilitating online courses.

Ekaterina Sherer (Spain) is a trainer, facilitator, and designer of non-formal education programmes (offline, online and blended courses), with a long experience of coordinating local, national and international projects in the fields of leadership, volunteering, human rights education, conflict transformation, intercultural dialogue, anti-discrimination and global education. Ekaterina has been active in civil society since 1998, first as a trainer and programme coordinator of leadership programmes in Russia, and also as head of the Interregional NGO “Association of young leaders”. Since then she delivered more than 40 training courses in the region. In 2011 Ekaterina moved to Spain where she continued her work as trainer and projects coordinator.

How can you join the course?

The course is available in English and Russian and is completely open to anyone interested to take it. Certificates are awarded automatically following the completion of the online tests integrated into the course.

To enroll:

From now on you can start the course any time you like.

Sounds interesting? Enroll now for the English version course or the Russian language course!


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