The ESAE Leadership Circle is an exclusive service designed for top Association Executives (Director Generals, Secretary Generals, CEOs). It provides a platform for these leaders to discuss management and strategic issues in the face of growing challenges and opportunities for Associations in Europe. Members of the ESAE Leadership Circle benefit from specialized events like workshops and seminars. Besides, they can actively engage in knowledge sharing, propose new topics, and gain valuable insights from their peers through our online platform.
Leadership Circle Co-Chairs
The ESAE Leadership Circle is led by experienced Association Leaders who possess a deep understanding of the needs of top Association Executives and have extensive expertise in strategic leadership within Associations. They foster the exchange of ideas and best practices in a secure and supportive environment among peers.
Leadership Circle Initiatives
Association Leadership Survey
15 June 2023
Discover the insights and trends shaping association leadership in the Association Leadership Survey 2023. Developed in partnership with Mavence, this comprehensive report provides a comprehensive overview of diversity, compensation, leadership skills, and career advancement patterns within associations.
Past Leadership Circle Events
Exclusive events by Association Leaders for Association Leaders
Embracing Diversity: Lessons From the For-Profit
7 September 2023
During this high-level session, our members engaged in open discussions on the challenges they face in implementing diversity and inclusion and forged strategies to make their governance structure more diverse and future-proof.
In Conversation with Leaders
During this exclusive Leadership Circle event, we had an interactive conversation about the inside and outside dimensions of leadership. Our invited speakers provided insights from different perspectives including Associations, NGOs, and the private sector.
The Price of a Leader
29 March 2022
This ESAE Leadership Circle exclusive cocktail reception covered the profile of a leader and the responsibilities of a high position, while also offering advice and tips on confident and successful leadership and everything about remuneration and skills.
Women in Leadership: Pride or Prejudice?
17 May 2021
What are negotiations all about, competition, compromise or collaboration? During this interactive workshop, Association Leaders, with the contribution of a negotiation skills expert, gathered to discuss challenges and experiences around negotiations and women in leadership in European Associations. In the end, it is not so much about gender but rather about other factors such as personality, approach, industry and cultural differences. The event was organised by ESAE's Leadership Circle.
Mapping the skills of great Association Leaders and how to use them
8 December 2020
Our Leadership Circle networking event had to take place virtually this year, but it gave a great opportunity to Association Executives to discuss with peers and learn from an HR specialist, the skills required to run an Association at a time of crisis.