Tuff Leadership Training Step 1

Break the hierarchical dynamic through this transformative programme that develops the mindset and skills for a whole new leadership

  • Ready for a Tuff course? Choose a date by clicking the registration button below.
  • The course is also available online in English.
  • Price: €2,400 or 2100 GBP excl. VAT. You can choose to pay by card or invoice at check-out.
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Are you interested in more self-managing employees and teams?

It all starts with you training new ways of leading. This program is for you who really want to develop as a manager and leader, irrespective of whether you are new in your leader role or more senior and experienced. Over the years we have trained thousands of managers from all over the world in the mindset and abilities needed to draw out the motivation, responsibility, and development in their teams.

"I had no idea that it was such a totally new way of looking at things."

Tuff Leadership Training Step 1 is also available online. Read more here.

What can I get out of participating in the leadership training?

Participants leave the course with the courage and self-awareness to have totally different conversations with their employees or colleagues that draw out the motivation, responsibility, and development in their teams.

Through the leadership training you will discover:

  • How to be a catalyst for your employees/colleagues taking more responsibility and ownership for the business
  • How to avoid defaulting to solving problems, giving advice, and being solely responsible so others can step into their power
  • Ways to have difficult conversations in a way that empowers others
  • How to have effective feedback conversations that lead to real shifts
  • Your leadership strengths and blind spots

"It's been very liberating and it frees up time"

Content overview

Firstly, our training gives managers insights into their personal pitfalls through role-playing true-to-life difficult conversations whilst getting plenty of feedback and coaching from their peers and our experienced trainers. Fourthermore, you will learn and practice an alternative framework for new ways of doing and being.

The course consists of four days of intensive training, facilitated by one of our certified leadership trainers. It begins with two consecutive days where you learn the basics of a coaching leadership mindset and its core abilities. After about a month, when you have practiced your new abilities back at work, you build on the first two days with more in-depth training. Not to mention that included in the price is a two hour Tuff Workout Session online to deepen your experience from Step 1.

Our training is practical and designed to develop the mindset and abilities needed to foster more self-managing employees and teams. Your old patterns and behaviours will be challenged, and you’ll become aware of your leadership pitfalls. Plenty of practice through role-playing coupled with individual feedback means that you will discover new and more effective ways to handle the challenges and issues you are struggling with. The overall theme is a coaching mindset, which translates into different kinds of conversations such as feedback conversations, coaching conversations and relationship conversations. You’ll get a wealth of new tools and practices that you can apply directly to become a better leader. The training is based on a methodology developed by Tuff Leadership Training over more than twenty years and promises to deliver lasting results.

Practical information

Tuff Leadership Training Step 1 comprises of four days (two + two) from 9.00 – 17.00. Courses are available in English in Amsterdam, London and online. (The course is also available in Swedish in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö and Spanish and Russian online.) Click the button to the right to see available dates and book a place.


The cost of the training is €2,400 or 2100 GBP excl. VAT for all four days plus a Tuff Workout Sesson online after the course is completed. The price includes lunch, tea and coffee with snacks, and all materials. You can choose to pay by card or invoice at check-out.

Want to know more about Tuff Leadership Training Step 1?

Get in touch with us on +46 (0) 8-446 16 20 or email us.

Tuff Course Participant

  • “So, if Agile provides the systems and structures for nonhierarchical organization, Tuff Leadership Training provides the mindset that people in those organizations need to have to exercise their full potential.”
    — Marin Petrov, Hack and Paint
  • “I would consider this to be transformational training. It is utterly engaging and highly interactive.”
    — Colin Lyons, Management Development, Howdens Joinery, UK
  • “Distinguishing the “soft side,” how being “tough” can be an act of kindness. A framework to be more intentional about the conversations I have.”
    — Dunia Reverter, Group Head of Customer and Operational Efficiency at Arrow Global Group Plc, course participant Step 1
  • “Great insight into yourself and how to understand the influence of mindsets on various types of conversations.”
    — Enzo Smrekar, General Manager at Atlantic Grupa and President of the board at Droga Kolinska d.d., Slovenia
  • “A powerful and empowering experience in which you are confronted with your way of being with others and struggle to improve, not only as a professional, but mainly as a human being.”
    — Felip Roca, Director of International Relations, Municipality of Barcelona
  • “If you are interested to develop yourself as a leader (in any way), this is the course for you! It will shake you and your views around and spit you out with a new mindset :)”
    — Gustav Henman, CFO and Founder, Beetroot, Ukraine
  • “For me it’s not a training in the sense that I learned something. It opened up a world, a world I did not realise was out there.”
    — Hans Oude Nijhuis, Manager and Project Leader, BAM, The Netherlands
  • “It’s hard to shift from predictable machinery to new ways and Tuff Leadership Training helps at the most challenging level for this: individually.”
    — Perry Timms, author of “Transformational HR” and TEDx speaker
  • “Epiphany guaranteed.  ”
    — Jesper Loso, Chief Developer/Team Lead, Dugga AB, Ukraine
  • “A completely new perspective on leadership and what it means to be a leader.”
    — Kerry Isherwood, HR manager, Macmillan, UK
  • “It seems to give fulfilment to the colleagues we thought were only able to grow in the realm of technology...Then they did the Tuff Leadership Training and all of a sudden they see that they want to do more leadership development and develop how to work with people in self-steering teams. They are stepping up in their roles...”
    — Kevin Struis, Coach and Mission Critical Engineer, Schuberg Philis, The Netherlands
  • “The Tuff Leadership Training has been very impactful for me. It was great to be in a room full of colleagues working with our way of being and the things under our analytical minds...The most valuable lesson for me was about listening. I always found it to be really hard work, but during the course that changed and I could see that it was actually a really simple but powerful gift to be able to give to somebody, especially as a coach. For me that was a major mindset shift.”
    — Kevin Struis, Coach and Mission Critical Engineer, Schuberg Philis, The Netherlands
  • “The real results are that people are happy with the training and they want more. They use it. They have all benefited from it personally and they all grew in the “know thyself” department. And I think that that’s what it’s all about.”
    — Lotta Croiset van Uchelen Feberwee, Chief DNA Officer, Schuberg Philis, The Netherlands
  • “Brutal, honest, thought provoking and ultimately enriching experience.  ”
    — Neil Van Niekerk, Learning and Org Development Manager, Macmillan, UK
  • “A very complete and balanced course with a great mix of theory and practice. A true inspiration and motivation. It will help me everywhere.”
    — Paulo Parini, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • “The most magical days I've spent with the warmest, brightest, loveliest people in quite some time. Alvin Toffler wrote in “Future Shock” that a strong skill in the future will be Learn, Unlearn, Relearn. This has been the most unlearning and relearning thing I’ve ever experienced. Deeply moving learning experience and philosophy for leaders.”
    — Perry Timms, author, TEDx speaker, & founder of PTHR, UK
  • “I would recommend Tuff Leadership Training to any company that aspires to be a modern, Agile organisation, and to all managers and leaders.”
    — Richard Kronfält, Global Head of Delivery at Alite International
  • “I would recommend Tuff Leadership Training to any company that aspires to be a modern, Agile organisation, and to all managers/leaders (formal as well as informal leaders).  ”
    — Richard Kronfält, Global Head of Delivery, Alite International
  • “Not an easy ride, but a challenging, thought provoking experience that will make you want to explore your potential.”
    — Stephen Holman, Head of Technical Support, Holmen
  • “A training in coaching and conversations theory that works ... and lots of practice. A mind shift! Excellent and very useful!”
    — Susanne Stenberg, Project Manager, KPN, The Netherlands
  • “In a non-hierarchical structure, for efficiency, cooperation and a good working environment, coaching is key. The decisions must come from the team and not from above. Tuff’s courses help to implement coaching in the company in a very practical way.    ”
    — Veronique Daar, VP Customer Support, Tacton Systems
  • “If you want to be agile, no matter how you do it, it all comes down to whether colleagues are open...whether they are appreciative with one another and help each other, and get the feeling that they are helped. What the Tuff Leadership Training does is about making sure that everything under the surface is being talked about and OK to be there. What it also does very well are the hard conversations. Not a lot of people are able to have real conversations, to give real feedback to colleagues.”
    — Kevin Struis, Coach and Mission Critical Engineer, Schuberg Philis, The Netherlands

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