Experience Leadership through Movement

Quotes from participants:

“I think that with theory alone you don’t really know how leadership works. You have to act on it in order to understand and that is exactly what this master class did.”

“The most interesting realization through the master class was that stepping out of your comfort zone brings people together.”

“I am very surprised by the content of this masterclass and even more surprised about the fact how much I have learned, about leadership and even about myself as a person and as a leader.”

“Because of this masterclass I have realized that being a good leader does not just depend on traits the leader has. I now recognize that leadership is largely dependent on the group that is led.”

“ ‘What makes a good leader?’ Before the workshop, I would have said a strong personality and body language that fits to it. Afterwards I think it is more about taking on the responsibility for others, enjoying it, be kind, support everybody, and always focus on the group goals instead of your individual ones.”

“I told so many people about the masterclass; about almost all the exercises, about the experiential approach and about the motivated group and the cool (group and inter-individual) processes I experienced.”

This workshop was hands down one of the most interesting things that I have done, and that is says something as I have participated in endless teambuilding activities and workshops, classes, group meditations, improvisational dance and the like.” 


People sometimes emerge as leaders because of the way they behave. They have charisma, a clear presence, or a natural gift to connect with their followers. But what about their behavior makes them a good leader?

In this workshop we answer this question from a social psychological perspective. However, the focus of this workshop is not on theory, but on experiencing what leadership means in practice. Under guidance of a professional choreographer and a psychologist, participants explore how to become more aware of their own leadership-skills. How does it feel to lead or follow, how do group dynamics change under different leadership styles, and what happens in groups without a leader?

A search for good leadership, through movement, posture, group dynamics and expression. No experience required.

Random Collision developed this workshop is collaboration with social psychologists of the University of Groningen.

Since 2015 this workshop is taught at the University of Groningen as part of the MA Honours College Programme.
In 2017 and 2018 the workshop was part of Moving Future Festival, touring the Netherlands

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