The Institute

Supporting Exceptional Change Leadership

About the Institute


Who We Are

The Institute for Governance & Leadership (IGL) is a privately held, independent organization, headquartered in the Netherlands since 2007 and registered at the National Chamber of Commerce. It receives no public funding.
We are ICF-registered Executive Coaches offering governance & leadership services.


Our Clients

Our clients are experienced leaders in public and private sector organizations in formal and informal leadership roles, as well as in public administrations.
For instance, senior and Executive directors.


Our Services

Internationally, we share 45 years of professional experience in our leadership services (English):
* About our Leadership Program
* About our Leadership Coaching

Nationally, we have facilitated Board assessments & governance training programs (Dutch).

Our Leadership


Daniel Le Gras
Daniel loves to share his 45 years of professional expertise in (team) coaching & training, and reflection & evaluation. He has facilitated many Board of Directors' assessments of public and private organizations, such as national hospitals and universities. He is the author of ten workbooks on governance and leadership (Dutch) and our Program for Exceptional Change Leadership (English).

He holds a master's degree in European Law (LLM) and professional degrees in Company Direction (Institute of Directors, UK) and Executive Coaching (Corporate Coach University International, USA).

He was a business consultant, change leader, and senior lecturer in corporate governance and leadership at several Dutch business schools. He was a senior lecturer at the academies of three national Non-Executive Director Associations for more than 10 years. As a young adult, he played for both the junior and senior national field hockey teams as a top-level athlete.


Patricia Le Gras-Macdaniel MBA
She loves to connect with clients and support them in having a great program experience. She served as a business consultant and change leader during the introduction of the Euro in Dutch companies, early 2000s. She was an academic lecturer and researcher in European Law & Policy at the Dutch Open University, and several national Administrative Academies. She also organized congresses for lawyers and other legal experts.
She holds a master's degree in European Law (LLM) and an MBA degree in Strategic Management from Henley Business School, UK, and an Executive Coaching degree (Corporate Coach University International, USA).

Daniel and Patricia's combined cross-sectoral experience, and own multicultural background, enables them to understand different leadership challenges and support clients in their next step toward exceptional change leadership. They favor a multidisciplinary approach to support innovative leadership concepts.


This book is a thoughtful and helpful addition to the slim literature about boards of directors and their behaviours. It is based on a deep consideration of existing cross-disciplinary studies.

Em. Prof. Dr. B. Garratt Corporate Governance, Cass Business School, City University, London (UK)