Young Leaders for Sustainability
The world is changing. So is leadership.
YLS goes International

Since 2012, CLI has trained 85 young professionals in Germany to become leaders for sustainability and find suitable answers to their sustainability challenges. In 2017, we started to internationalise the programme and offer two formats:

  • Tailor-made in-company trainings (available since 2017).
  • An open course format (to be started in 2019, requests welcome already).
YLS - The Programme

Training young professionals who are the beginning of their careers to become future leaders for sustainability is the goal of the Young Leaders for Sustainability programme. CLI has organised YLS around the six dimensions of the collective leadership compass, two dimensions are covered in each training module. However, the holistic approach of the compass is always at the centre of the training and enables YLS participants to find suitable solutions to the complex problems of sustainability.

While in the tailor-made format, the composition of the three modules is based on the organisation’s needs, for an open format the session outline is the following:

Module 1
  • Exploring leadership
  • The Collective Leadership Compass
  • Compass dimensions covered: Wholeness, Innovation
Module 2
  • Networking
  • Teamwork
  • Compass dimensions covered: Engagement, Collective Intelligence
Module 3
  • Visioning
  • Self-awareness of leadership from collective perspectives
  • Compass dimensions covered: Future Possibilities, Humanity
Additional components
  • Webinars between each module
  • Participant will become part of the CLI Alumni Network
Sustainability challenges for the private sector

The YLS programme is open to young profressionals of all sectors. For the private sector, it is especially relevant for CSR-, HR- or PR managers. Businesses play an important role in implementing the SDGs. However, leadership skills and collaborative action to bring sustainability topics on top of business agendas are still rare. With YLS, we want to change that!

CLI's reputation in leadership trainings

With more than 2,900 Alumni trained, CLI has built competence for change agents from the public sector, private sector, and civil society around the globe since 2005.

The YLS programme was an outstanding new addition to the German training market and thus received an award from the German Council for Sustainable Development in 2016. You can learn more about the past editions of the German programme at (in German).

Bringing both strengths together – our international expertise in collective leadership trainings, as well as having trained cohorts of future sustainability leaders in Germany already – makes the international YLS a strong programme to cope with complex challenges of sustainability, such as achieving the SDGs, and also very concrete projects like implementing CSR regulations and guidelines in the private sector.

The first in-company trainings in tailor-made formats are booked already. Feel free to request an individual offer for your organisation or show your interest in participating in the open programme.

YLS Programme
Register for the programme

For any request regarding the YLS programme, feel free to contact Douglas F. Williamson (general requests) or Martin Fielko (registration).

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Barack Obama
Young Leaders for Sustainability

- 3 training modules 4 days each
- core methodology: CLI Collective Leadership Compass
- tuition fee: tbc
Registration status: NOT OPENED YET - If you are interested in participating contact martin.fielko[at]

1 January — 31 December 2019
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