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ESAE Leadership Circle

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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.

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Rafael Plata

Secretary General, European Association of CCP Clearing Houses (EACH)

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Margaret Walker

Executive Director, European Psychiatric Association (EPA)

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.

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Leadership Circle: Resources

Past Leadership Circle Events

Exclusive events by Association Leaders for Association Leaders

Rising Stars: Boost your Association Management Career

24 October 2023

This webinar aimed at connecting emerging and seasoned leaders in Association management to exchange the necessary skills for success and elevate their careers.

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

December 2022

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.

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