Dealing with Power and Dynamics: Discover Your Leadership Style and Influence Stakeholders

Course 2 of 3: Professional Certificate® in Leadership Essentials for Engineers 5 Weeks 4–5 hours per week

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About this course

In our interconnected and complex world, leaders are faced with both internal and external stakeholders. Problems have to be solved within complex networks of stakeholders, each with their own dynamics, interests, perspectives and power. As leaders, engineers have clear advantages: they are analytical, technically skilled, project-based, good with numbers and well-used to problem-solving. However, engineers cannot rely on this skillset alone when exercising leadership in today’s world.

In this course you will learn how to develop and apply an influencing mindset, which will allow you to you lead your team effectively and to successfully manage stakeholders. The course gives you the tools to operate within a network of stakeholders:

  • distinguish power and interests in networks of stakeholders
  • build trust
  • recognize roles and norms in groups
  • deal with conflict and cooperation
  • motivate group members
  • identify your own leadership style

Upon completion of this course you will be introduced to an influencing mindset and toolkit, in order to use a set of cohesive strategies for dealing with stakeholders – both cooperative and non-cooperative stakeholders.

What you’ll learn

  • How to apply an influencing mindset to encourage multiple stakeholders with different interests to cooperate
  • How to recognize team dynamics, define roles and norms, and handle both individual and team issues, including motivating group members
  • How to use leadership approaches and styles to influence stakeholders and groups


The course is designed for individuals who are in a leadership positions or preparing for such positions in the future. Few years’ experience in an organizational setting will be an advantage, but is not a requirement.


The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

Meet Your Instructors

Hans de Bruijn

Professor of Public Administration in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology Prof dr Hans de Bruijn is Professor of Public Administration in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on governance issues at the intersection of politics, management and technology, such as decision-making about large-scale infrastructure projects, the privatisation and deregulation of utilities, safety and security, river management, regulation and inspection, managing professionals and various types of government policy relating to technology.

Gerdien de Vries

Assistant Professor Public Management and Organisation at Delft University of Technology Gerdien de Vries is Assistant Professor Public Management and Organisation at the department of Technology, Policy and Management. Gerdien received a Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Psychology from Leiden University and has published scientific articles on effective and ineffective leadership.

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Delft University of Technology

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Professional Certificate


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