Bernardus Holtrop

Principal Consultant


Purposeful Leadership , Creating Cultures of Inclusion

​About Bernardus:

Bernardus Holtrop is lead facilitator and designer of transformational leadership development experiences, executive team facilitator and an executive coach with Linkage. Within his leadership work, he is passionate about spotting untapped potential in leaders and supporting them to unlock stuck patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors. He works with leaders to deeply connect to themselves and others, and with teams to foster trust and (re)build relationships to create results. A global citizen with residences in the Netherlands and the United States, he translates leadership across cultures effortlessly.

Bernardus is one of the creators of Linkage’s Purposeful Leadership Academy, as well as a long-term leader and expert in Advancing Women Leaders and Creating Cultures of Inclusion. In the last year, Bernardus has coached numerous Sponsors in Sponsorship programs for Advancing Women.

Background & Experience:

Over the last 15 years, Bernardus facilitated leadership development experiences across many sectors of business and public space, including professional services, private equity, manufacturing, energy, electronics, banking, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, education, entertainment, retail and fast-moving consumer goods.

Previously Bernardus was a strategy and organizational consultant and leadership development program manager at McKinsey & Company, after having started his career as a researcher and application developer at the Dutch Institute for Applied Physics.

Education & Training:

Bernardus earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente and an MBA in General Management from the Rotterdam School of Management. He is a certified transformational coach who helps individuals create breakthroughs in their professional and personal lives.

Bernardus's Insights

6 Leadership Truths from Learning Teams at Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) 2019

Our Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) recently wrapped up and our learning teams came away with some great takeaways to help them continue their path to purposeful leadership!

Lack of Leadership Hurts

Despite good intentions, many leaders fall short of providing the one thing that teams need to succeed: inspiration. Here are a few thought starters to help you begin meaningful conversations with your team.

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