[Academic leader interview article] Young academic leaders: leadership styles, challenges, and development strategies
Liesbeth De Donder has been working at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) for 13 years teaching courses about civil participation, community development, research methodology and supervising master's and Ph.D. students. She has also been part of several research projects about social inclusion and participation of prisoners and older people, which are her two main areas of interest when it comes to research. She has previously functioned as the head of the Department of Educational Science at VUB, been a member of the Board of the faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology and currently represents her faculty at the University’s Research Council. Recently, De Donder has won the VUB's award for the best supervisor in the year of 2020, for which she was nominated by her Ph.D. students. In this article, De Donder shares the leadership styles, challenges as well as development strategies that she applies as a young academic leader.