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

Between 2012 and 2016, 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. For organisations and corporations that want to up-scale internal sustainability leadership skills. More information on YLS below, registration on Tailor-made solutions.
  • An open course format. For individuals < 35 years of all sectors to become a Young Leader for Sustainability. More information below, registration on YLS open course flyer.
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 the focus in each compulsory 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 of the compulsory modules is the following:

Module 1 - The Art of Leading Collectively
  • Exploring leadership
  • The Collective Leadership Compass
  • Focus on Compass dimensions: Wholeness, Innovation

2024 module 1 date:

25-28 June 2024 hybrid (online CET and in-person in Germany)

Module 2 - The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration
  • Networking and getting your processes on track
  • The Dialogic Change Model
  • Focus on Compass dimensions: Engagement, Collective Intelligence

2024 module 2 dates (feel free to choose):

19-22 March 2024 in-person in Germany

or 10-13 September 2024 in-person in Cambodia

or 22-25 October 2024 in-person in South Africa

or 5-8 November 2024 hybrid (online CET and in-person in Germany)

Module 3 A - The Art of Process Facilitation or 3 B - The Art of Transformative Change
  • Visioning and facilitating OR strategizing and stewarding
  • The Collective Leadership Compass and The Dialogic Change Model
  • Compass dimensions covered: Future Possibilities, Humanity

2024 module 3 dates (feel free to choose):

11-14 June 2024 for the Art of Process Facilitation hybrid (online CET and in-person in Germany)

or 16-19 December 2024 for the Art of Transformative Change hybrid (online CET and in-person in Germany)


With the new YLS programme, we have taken into account the flexibility young leaders need to participate in such a programme in addition to their job or studies. So you can choose to start either with module 1, 2, or module 3 and there are different date and place/format options, too.

Additional modules and certification

In addition to the compulsory modules, YLS trainees have the chance to participate in following additional activities (optional, but recommended):

  • Online consultation between module 1 and 2, as well as between module 2 and 3, to recap what has been learned in the previous module, deep-dives into certain compass dimensions and aspects, further development of each participants’ sustainability project, and outlook to the next module.
  • After successful participation in all 3 compulsory modules, participants will become Certified Young Leaders for Sustainability. Thus, they will also become part of the worldwide CLI Collective Leadership Network. In addition, they have the chance to up-scale their qualification by becoming Accredited Collective Leadership Facilitators.
Sustainability challenges of companies

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 6,500 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 between 2012 and 2016 was an outstanding new addition to the German training market and thus received an award from the German Council for Sustainable Development in 2016.

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.

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 Martin Fielko: martin.fielko[at]

Young Leaders for Sustainability

- 3 online intensive training modules, 4 days each
- 2 online consultations
- core methodologies: CLI Collective Leadership Compass + Dialogic Change Model
- tuition fee: € 3,600 online (in-person surcharges in detailed description)
Registration status: OPEN

25 June — 19 December 2024
Potsdam, Germany
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