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Chair of Leadership (LEAD)

Welcome to the chair of Leadership.

The chair of leadership contributes to an officer’s education in the field of leadership and communication.

An officer needs to have knowledge of the theoretical aspects of leadership, linked to a psychological approach of leadership models. Modern, complex military missions and operations demand ever more leadership skills and that on three levels: direct, organisational and strategic leadership. Ethics, trust and solving moral dilemmas are core elements in the education.

A good leader has outstanding knowledge of and skills in communication. In that respect, not only mass media, but also interpersonal communication and negotiation techniques will be tackled extensively.

Xavier Balanck

Military assistant professor part-time

Head of the chair LEAD




“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it”

(Dwight Eisenhower)