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Case Report: Developing Leadership in the Dutch Military

July 8, 2022
Jaap Hollander

For many years, when an officer in the Dutch military was being prepared for a high ranking position, they started a leadership development training, working on their communication, strategic skill, and leadership competencies.

At the beginning of the training a MindSonar profile was made and the candidate defined their own strengths and weaknesses as a high ranking officer. Their MindSonar profile was related to the competencies they wanted to develop (they chose five from a list of twelve competencies defined by the military). 

The Meta Programs and criteria in their MindSonar profile were seen as a 'lever' to better enable them to develop these competencies. An officer might, for instance, want to develop a thinking style that had stronger 'towards,' 'general,' 'people', and “structure” Meta Programs, combined with more 'yellow' criteria (personal development and systems overview). During the year the officer had several conversations with the MindSonar professional. At the end of the course, another measurement was done to determine if the target competencies had indeed been developed.

The MindSonar professional running this project was Marjan Kos (Netherlands). Look her up in the Registry.

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About the author 

Jaap Hollander

Psychologist, living in the Netherlands. Founded MindSonar in 1995. Directs MindSonar Global, which manages the ICT development, applications and the curriculum of the MS Certification Trainings. Working part time as a trainer, writer and coach as well as being an expressionist painter (artist name JAAPH, see jaaph.com). Has written 10 books on NLP and Provocative Coaching.

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