Dr. Jürg Thölke has been professor of the Authentic Leadership Research Group which is part of the Creative Business Research Center since October 2019. Authentic leadership aims to mobilize the leadership present in every individual and in every group. This requires self-research and connection with the other. At Inholland, Thölke wants to develop and apply educational concepts to give students experience with authentic leadership and collaboration. The goal is to tackle social issues with stakeholders inside and outside Inholland in a form of co-creation.
Professor Jürg Thölke feels at home in the Creative Business research center. Because, in his opinion, creativity is one of the most important components of leadership. He therefore likes to extend his hand to artists and game developers, theater and film makers, designers and musicians. In conjunction with numerous other social partners, their creative input is precisely what is welcome in the search for answers to major challenges in urban areas.
Jürg Thölke is a professor at Inholland University of Applied Sciences. He also has his own organizational consulting practice and is affiliated with Nyenrode Business University. His work focuses on leadership development for profit and non-profit organizations at home and abroad.
Jürg Thölke studied business administration in his native Switzerland. He specialized in organizational psychology, innovation and tourism. In 1998, he received his doctorate from TU Delft on innovation in organizations. He then transferred to Nyenrode Business University where he focused on leadership processes in companies. After ten years he became a professor on the theme of leadership in educational innovation at the University of Arnhem and Nijmegen. This already included research into authentic leadership of teachers and students.
Jürg Thölke was born in Switzerland. He has two children who are in the midst of puberty. For that reason alone, he calls them perhaps his most important teachers in authentic leadership.
"It is quite exciting to harness the wisdom of the group. Herein lies my strength and interest: allowing the right environment of co-creation to emerge."