Group Coaching for Leaders in Peacebuilding

Leadership development through Action Learning

04 February - 11 March 2021

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CET


Thank you for your interest in the Group Coaching for Leaders in Peacebuilding training. Applications are NOW CLOSED. Stay tuned for further training opportunities. To all the applicants: thank you for applying! Kindly wait for an email in the coming days regarding your application status.


Have you ever:


  • had to motivate and lead a team through a period of change?
  • felt the group you work with sometimes drifts into unhelpful territory?
  • questioned your own leadership abilities?
  • been unclear about your own authority?
  • found yourself in a difficult situation where you had to choose between two equally unpleasant courses of action?
  • had to manage challenging and disruptive individual behaviour within a team?
  • doubted your skills, talents or professional accomplishments and had an internalized fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’?

If you’ve answered yes to most or all of these questions then this course is for you.


About the course

The taster course is for a group of six to eight people who carry some responsibility for managing teams working in the peacebuilding field and will focus on the human relations impact of leading and has been designed using Action Learning principles.

Action Learning involves a small group working on real problems, taking action, and learning as individuals and as a group. The process acknowledges that leading a team is a complex human activity, which takes place in uncertain and changing environments. Such work makes demands on both our rational/intellectual and our emotional/relational capacities.

The three sessions will support you to use both types of capacity to the maximum, and give you the chance to reflect on day-to-day events and changes in your leadership practice. The process will also help you question assumptions which you have taken for granted within and about yourself and your team.

The ways of working during the sessions will be flexible and adapted to participants’ needs and purposes.

Participants will finish the programme with increased confidence as leaders and a set of creative, flexible and successful strategies to improve their teams’ effectiveness in delivering good outcomes.



  • Series 1: 4 February, 18 February, 4 March for two hours at a time (5:00 - 7:00 CET).
  • Series 2: 11 February, 25 February, 11 March for 2 hours at a time (5:00 - 7:00 CET).

The course is offered as a three-sessions package. Participants’ learning and the group's dynamic depend on a full commitment to all three sessions. The sessions will be held in English, without translation.



Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver / United Kingdom

Neil Oliver spent most of his career running a facilitation business in the UK. During this time he worked with large public and voluntary sector organizations, including the UK National Health Service. He developed specific expertise in helping to resolve conflict within teams and it was this work that led him to Caux in 2011. In 2013 Neil was part of the core team that delivered ‘Learning to Live in a Multicultural World’. He has since joined the core team of Tools for Changemakers. Neil lives in a lovely part of Somerset in South West England, where as well as learning pottery, he is involved in a number of local initiatives.


Diana Damsa

Diana Damsa / Romania

Diana Damsa holds degrees in law and music and has pursued postgraduate studies in Healing of Memories and Intercultural and Interfaith Communication. In 2004 she was inspired by Initiatives of Change (IofC)’s message that change in the world starts with change in oneself; she has been active in several IofC programmes since then. In particular, she has been involved with Foundations for Freedom in various capacities both as a member of the management and coordination team, and as a designer and facilitator of youth and leadership programmes, and of inter-ethnic dialogues in Ukraine and Romania. She is currently the Vice-President of Creators of Peace.



The Group Coaching for Leaders taster course, consisting of three sessions, is offered free of charge.

A full course will follow later this year for a fee.



For more information contact us here.



Please note that applications are now closed. Stay tuned for further training opportunities.





Group Coaching for Leaders is part of the Tools for Changemakers programme of Initiatives of Change Switzerland.


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