About Sander

Author, executive, entrepreneur and coach

in sustainable change leadership

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Sander Tideman is a researcher, author, coach in “sustainable change leadership” and creating positive social impact. He works with leaders to build sustainable and flourishing organizations equipped to address the unprecedented challenges of today. His work seeks to integrate insights from philosophy and psychology with practices of management, finance, business and economics. He has worked for and consulted with leading organizations on three continents, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

As a former lawyer, banker and investment advisor, he now serves on the executive board of the Garrison Institute International and is founding partner at Triple Value Foundation.  He is also Senior Faculty of Mobius Executive Leadership in the United States and at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, in the Netherlands, where he researches and lectures on leadership for sustainable business. 

Sander’s academic training reflects his interest in East-West integration: he studied International Law at University of Utrecht, International Economic Law at London School of Economics, while also completing a degree in Asian Affairs at the London School of Oriental and African Studies. He deepened his understanding of the East by studying Chinese philosophy, language and culture in Taiwan, and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal and India. During his career he trained in international finance, organizational dynamics and leadership.

Sander (co-) authored many articles and books, including Doing Business in China (1997)Sustainable Development in Central Asia (1998); Buddhist Economics (2001); Gross National Happiness (2004); Mind over Matter – Towards a New Paradigm in Leadership of Business and Economics (2005), Sustainable Leadership (2013) and most recently: Business as Instrument for Societal Change (Greenleaf Publishing 2016). Sander’s articles have appeared in respected journals such as The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, NRC Handelsblad, The Economist and Journal for Corporate Citizenship. 

Sander started his career in 1986 by practicing law at Baker & McKenzie (Amsterdam and Taipei office). In 1989 he turned to international finance by becoming Country Director for ABN AMRO Bank in China (responsible for offices in Beijing and Shanghai), Vice President Structured Finance at ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam and Managing Director of Triodos Investment Funds.  In the new millennium he went on to complement his legal/financial expertise with leadership, strategy and organizational change, as he believed that these are indispensable knowledge domains for tackling the world’s increasing social and ecological challenges. He worked on assignments for UNDP, The World Bank/IFC and the Asian Development Bank, and co-founded and managed Spirit in Business (Massachusetts/the Netherlands), co-founded and managed the Global Leaders Academy (London/Amsterdam) and served as CEO of Mind & Life Europe (Switzerland). He served on the executive board of the Netherlands Council for Sustainable Development/NCDO (Amsterdam), MHB Company, MyQuest Foundation and Loka School in India.

Sander’s overall mission is to help the leadership of organizations to help solve today’s pressing environmental and societal challenges. Sander’s aim is to help leaders to transform themselves (and their) organizations into a force for positive sustainable change, working with (rather than against) the principles of nature and human creativity.

In a decade of research at various Universities, Sander has explored what type of leadership is needed for leaders to be successful in the face of today’s social and environmental challenges, which he has defined as Triple Value Leadership. This work has been inspired by conversations with H.H. the Dalai Lama with whom Sander has maintained a relationship for four decades. Triple Value Leadership is both a theory and a practice which can be trained and cultivated, regardless of rank or hierarchy. It is unique because it integrates insights from both ancient wisdom traditions and cutting-edge insights from neuro-science, psychology and systems thinking.

Sander is certified as an executive coach in the area of Emotional Intelligence (ECI) by Teleos Leadership Institute endorsed by ICF and completed an accredited program at the British National Council for Integrative Psychotherapy. He also trained in Systemic Coaching & Purpose Quests (Nowhere Group), Winning from Within & Centered Leadership (Mobius), Theory U (Presencing Institute/MIT)  and Corporate-Based Mindfulness (Potential Project). 

After travelling to India and meeting the Dalai Lama in 1982, he trained under accomplished masters from major Tibetan Buddhist lineages – including the Dalai Lama, Dagpo Rimpoche, Namkhai Norbu, Lama Zopa and Tulku Lobsang. He also trained in practices from Zen, Taoism and Native American traditions. He trained as a nature guide at Spirit of the Wild in South Africa and studied with John Milton of the Way of Nature. 

He lives in the Netherlands. He loves outdoor trekking, skiing, skating, yoga, tai ch’i and soccer.

Nelson Mandela said “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

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