Masterclass Series with Erik De Haan-Part 1: Understanding our clients and what we can do for them
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Masterclass Series with Erik De Haan-Part 1: Understanding our clients and what we can do for them

Professor Erik De Haan will speak at our Masterclass series. The Masterclass series will include 3 full day events during March, June and October. Each event will be inspired by Erik's books and will be an executive summary of each one. Part 1 will include practical exercises and will focus on leadership; how coaches can help leaders within an organisation and exploring the 'leadership shadow'. Book Part 1 and receive a 10% discount for the series.

When: Thursday 12 March 2020
9:15am for 9:45am Start - 4:45pm finish
Where: St Ethelburga’s Centre
78 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AG
United Kingdom
Contact: Sally Bullock

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Masterclass Series:

This 3 part Masterclass Series is made up of 3 events. This page provides details on the first event in the series.

For more info on Part 2 of this Masterclass Series click here


For more info on Part 3 of this Masterclass Series click here


Professor Erik De Haan


Global leadership is under threat and understandably faces criticism, due to: a dearth of definitions of what leadership is or does; a struggle therefore to pass ‘it’ on (i.e., a lack of effectiveness of leadership training & development); a great many underwhelming leaders; and growing concerns about the cost of leadership derailment, exacerbated by hubris and overdrive. This day will explore ways in which coaches can make important differences in the leadership domain, presenting new research on coaching effectiveness backing this up.   

Some Themes of Consideration During this day:

  • What is leadership, how to define it and find criteria for ‘good leadership
  • The differences between ‘good leadership’ and ‘successful leadership’
  • How the leadership shadow is part and parcel of every leadership offering

  • Some ideas for making leadership more healthy and balanced, less stressful and corruptible

  • How executive coaches are uniquely placed to work with leaders to balance out their leadership shadows

  • What we know about the effectiveness of coaching when it comes to the leadership shadow

Learning Outcomes:

1.       You will be an expert in leadership and have a general idea of what ‘good’ leadership is, as independent of ‘successful’ leadership

2.       You will understand more about how coaching can help leaders and the leadership function in organisations

3.       You will understand the “leadership shadow” and have a chance to explore your own leadership shadow

4.       In your coaching, you will help leaders more at the level of their personalities, helping them to balance and contain their (nascent) hubris, overdrive and  derailment patterns


Speaker Bio:

Professor Erik de Haan MA, MSc, PhD

“Working with Erik always brings a sparkle and new ways of looking at my challenges. Erik suffuses me with his natural warmth and genuine commitment to the work we do together. He is very friendly and yet also direct, and his insightful hunches have been invaluable.”

Erik de Haan is the Director of Ashridge’s Centre for Coaching and Professor of Organisation Development at the VU University Amsterdam. He joined Ashridge in 2002 whilst his coaching approach was informed by his earlier counselling and psychodynamic training.

General experience and background

Erik brings a natural empathy for the executive's complex reality to the coaching relationship. Whilst he understands the limitations of his clients' situation, he is enthusiastic about the possibilities of his clients and is keen to gently push the boundaries of future possibilities.

After gaining five years of experience as a coach and counsellor for executives and consultants, from 2000 Erik started to work as a supervisor and accreditor for other coaches. He is now Programme Director of Ashridge’s two-year Masters (MSc) in Executive Coaching and Ashridge’s one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Supervision.

Specific experience of coaching

Erik’s experience includes

  • One-to-one coaching for managers and executives up to CEO level both face to face and on the phone, including career counselling;
  • Team coaching for senior teams in the private and public sector;
  • Developing managers’ coaching skills and supervising internal consultants and coaches.

Erik has published more than a hundred-and-seventy articles and twelve books amongst which The consulting process as drama (1997), Learning with Colleagues (2001), Coaching with Colleagues (2004), Fearless Consulting (2005), Relational Coaching (2007), Coaching Relationships (2011), Supervision in Action (2012), The Leadership Shadow (2014) and Management Pocketbook Team Coaching (2016), in both Dutch and English. He sits on the editorial board of Journal of Philosophy of Management and APA’s Consulting Psychology Journal.


Erik has an MSc in Theoretical Physics, an MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and a PhD in Psychophysics. Erik is qualified as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, is an Ashridge and ICF PCC accredited executive coach and a qualified supervisor, and holds British Psychological Society’s Level A and B Certificates in Psychological Assessment with qualifications in the use of psychometric instruments such as 16-PF, Hogan, FIRO-B and MBTI.

Erik's approach to coaching

“I try to bring to my work as a coach my curiosity and sensitivity to what moves and motivates people, while at the same time making use of my analytical ability to note and explore underlying patterns. I enjoy working with the organisational unconscious and to help surface hidden motivators and conflicts. I have discovered that I can support a variety of clients, especially in their quests for what is right and just for themselves and for others in their organisation. Listening to, sustaining and challenging my clients’ personal engagement, I work on key conditions for development and change.”

Price and Special Offers:

As with all AC continuous professional development events, the fees are offered at a very good value, with an extra special price for AC members.


An Early Bird Discount of £40 is available for early bookings. (Until 27/02/2020)


In addition to our Early Bird Discount, if you book this Part 1 event you will qualify to receive a further 10% discount code that can be used towards the price of the Part 2 event, Part 3 event or both of the remaining events in the series.


AC member: £180 + VAT. Early Bird Price £140 + VAT

Non AC member: £245+ VAT. Early Bird Price £205 + VAT


VAT will be added at checkout.

Attendance qualifies for CPD and a certificate will be emailed to you post-event.

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