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Professor Dr. Joe Folkman in the dutch newspaper 'Financieel Dagblad' (FD)

Dr. Joe Folkman, Driving Force Behind Data-Driven Leadership Development, Appointed as Professor
Drs. Margareth de Wit MBA
Auteur Drs. Margareth de Wit MBA
Laatst gewijzigd 19 June 2023
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Academica University of Applied Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Joe Folkman, a renowned expert in the field of leadership development, as a professor of leadership. This appointment marks a significant milestone in the longstanding 15-year collaboration between Academica and Zenger Folkman.


With over thirty years of experience in leadership development, Dr. Joe Folkman has built a distinguished reputation as an expert in identifying and developing effective leaders. His deep knowledge and insights have helped organizations around the world maximize leadership potential to achieve better business outcomes. 

A Pioneer in Data-Driven Leadership Development 

Dr. Joe Folkman is known as a pioneer in the field of data-driven leadership development and has numerous bestselling management books and publications to his name, including "The Extraordinary Leader," "The Trifecta of Trust," and his contributions to the Harvard Business Review. For over 15 years, Academica has had a fruitful partnership with Zenger Folkman, co-founded by Jack Zenger, conducting groundbreaking research on leader effectiveness and the impact of highly effective leaders as measured by employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and achieving organizational goals. 


With a wealth of experience and an extensive network of collaborations, Zenger Folkman has worked with leading organizations worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies, international organizations, and government agencies such as Renault, Hugo Boss, NASA/JPL, and Microsoft. The partnership between Zenger Folkman and Academica has garnered recognition and success in the field of leadership development. In 2022, Academica received the "Outstanding Partner Award" from Zenger Folkman, acknowledging their dedication and contribution as a strategic partner for the fifth consecutive time. 

Insights on Leadership in the AI Era 

In June 2023, Joe Folkman gave an engaging interview to the dutch Financieel Dagblad (FD), titled "Leadership in the AI Era Requires Courage." In the interview, Folkman discussed the challenges and opportunities of leadership in the era of artificial intelligence (AI), emphasizing three competencies that leaders must possess: valuing diversity and inclusion, taking risks, and making decisions. Folkman also highlighted that leaders in the AI era must learn to navigate rapid technological changes and the impact of AI on organizations and teams. The key to success? Trust. "There is a clear correlation between how quickly you can progress as a leader and how much trust you enjoy within your organization and with your stakeholders." The interview with the FD provides profound insights into Folkman's perspectives on leadership in the AI era, illustrating his ability to make complex subjects accessible and provide practical advice to leaders facing the challenges of the modern business landscape. 

Strengthening the Partnership 

With Joe Folkman's appointment as the professor in leadership at Academica University of Applied Sciences, the partnership is further strengthened. Together, they will continue to contribute to research and practice-based applications in the field of leadership, with the goal of helping organizations develop effective leaders and improve their performance. Joe Folkman's appointment and his recent publication, along with the inspiring interview in the FD, confirm his position as a leading authority in the field of leadership. His ongoing commitment to data-driven research, sharing valuable insights, and fostering courage among leaders contribute to the growth and development of leadership in a rapidly changing world. 

"Better Leaders, Better Results!"



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