My name is Marc Cleiren (1961).  I’m a psychologist, working as an associate professor at the Honours College of Leiden University (Social Sciences Department) and laying the groundwork for a Personal & Professional Development Centre for Leiden University, hosted at the Social Sciences Department. My current focus area in research and teaching is on the personal & professional life journey of young people:  from entry in the academic environment toward fully grown professionals. I am currently developing the Learning My Way approach as a teaching program to help people (young and old) to find, anchor and develop their professional purpose and direct their lives in a fragmented world.

My favorite teaching and research subjects are the quest for purpose and meaning in life, dealing with loss and grief, consciousness development, competence development, communication skills, and the role of group processes in development. I published several books and scientific articles on these subjects (see Core publications).

I lecture and provide workshops in the field of motivation, identity development and communication skills. Over the past 30 years, I have been training professionals and university students on the subject of hands-on talent development, and working with motivational discrepancies. I have developed train-the-trainer curricula and have taught psychological coaching skills to intercultural groups at the Leiden University Institute of Psychology.

As a lecturer on personal development, I also work at Utrecht University (Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance – Executive Master Management of Public Affairs, and previously in the Master Strategic Management.