Leadership for Innovation and Performance Happiness

In this course, you will discover the key variables of leadership, their relation to innovation and how they stimulate workplace happiness and increased performance.



Course Level
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


Supported by a mix of lectures, working on a group assignment and a company visit, students will work together and analyse relevant factors for an innovation supportive working environment. During the course, students will apply these insights outside the classroom and will work together with real-life companies in the Utrecht area.

Students will be coached in small teams. The teams will be as varied as possible to provide a rich experience for the participants.

The business world is changing. Not only the impact of Covid-19 all over the world but also new regulations, competitive markets and globalisation are just a few of the examples of the always and fast-paced evolution within business. Experts agree that nowadays innovation is a key driver for growth. Recent research by McKinsey has found that no less than 94% of senior executives feel that people and corporate culture are the most important drivers of innovation.

The focus of the course will be on the vital and key role of leadership in that equation. Topics such as 'how do leaders enable others to innovate?', 'how do companies benefit from happy and motivated staff members?' and 'how do leaders incorporate and benefit from the disruptive qualities of technology?' will be discussed in order to give students new and valuable insights into the role of leadership in long-term organisational success.

This course will start with topics on personal leadership, helping you to get familiar with some of the individual characteristics of leadership supporting innovation and performance happiness.

The assignment will connect each team to a real-life company in the Utrecht area and will take students outside the classroom to translate what their insights could mean for this specific organisation. During this assignment, teams will receive intensive coaching from our lecturers. At the end of the course each team will present its results.  

This highly interactive approach requires academic English language skills at a minimum intermediate level.


NB: This course is also part of the combined 5 weeks track Innovation in European Business and the 6 weeks track Innovation in European Business XXL 


What previous students (summer 2023) say about this course

"I'm truly impressed by how this course has empowered individuals who are seeking to enhance their skills and boost their confidence, also in public speaking."

"It's a really interesting and enriching course, it was a very good experience for me that I recommend!"

"Loved the opportunity, learned so much about corporate culture and what I can do to create an innovative supportive working environment - this is something everyone should know."

"I really enjoyed it and it gave me a chance to reflect on myself."


B29 Day-to-day Leadership for Innovation and Performance Happiness 2024.pdf

Target audience

This course is an interesting challenge for students enrolled in Business and Management programmes, and is also open to Bachelor and Master students from other fields, as long as you have some background or a strong interest in leadership and/or (business) innovation. A good command of English is necessary.

Aim of the course

This course aims to provide you with the opportunity to learn about leadership characteristics and their relation to innovation, performance happiness and long-term organisational success.

Study load

55 hours of lectures/field excursions + assignments (including self-study).


  • Course fee: €699.00
  • Included: Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €200
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

The course fee presented applies to all students currently enrolled in a bachelor, master or PhD programme and to 'Fresh Alumni'.

If this applies to you and you therefore believe that you are eligible for this fee, please include this in your motivation when applying for this course.

If not, the professional fee of €875 is applicable, and will be invoiced and visible for you in your account once you are accepted to the course.

Please note: if you do not provide proof that you are currently enrolled in a bachelor, master or PhD programme or a  'Fresh Alumni', we will charge the ‘professional (higher) fee!

Additional information

The housing costs do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order. In that case, do not forget to bring your own bed linen and pillow! In all cases, do bring your own towels, please.