Leading People and Teams


How long?

  • 4 days
  • in person

What are the topics?



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Angel F, Operations Executive from Spain 2012

Course quality: good
Instructors: good
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Primary takeaway: Good experience with the role plays, very interesting to challenge different scenarios when leading people
Things to improve: More international background of the coaches, professors

Operations Senior Executive from United Kingdom 2012

Industry:Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

Course participant from Poland

Course quality: very good
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): excellent
Primary takeaway: Network plus new point of view on managing my team
Things to improve: The only way of improving it would be to extend the course. One week was to short.
Industry:Real Estate

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Who should attend

Executives with experience in leading employees and teams who intend to increase their effectiveness in reaching organizational goals through people.

About the course

A leadership laboratory dedicated to the why and how of behavior in organizations.

Do you have what it takes to be a successful leader? In order to improve your effectiveness as a leader, it is important to take time to sharpen your skills and to explore and reflect on your personal leadership attributes. Our four-day leadership laboratory Leading People and Teams will help you to gain awareness of your blind spots as a leader and develop strategies to correct them. You will also learn how to influence decision makers in support of your initiatives, how to diagnose and remedy potentially toxic organizational dynamics, and how to bolster your leadership through a well-functioning, productive professional network.

The laboratory’s challenging but safe environment provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your experience as a leader, experiment with different leadership approaches, and receive valuable feedback and support from both faculty and peers. The individual learning experiences are seconded by a full day of group executive coaching as well as post-program follow-ups.

Key benefits

  • Identifying the mindset, skills, and behaviors required of effective leaders
  • Learning how to leverage your strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of your network
  • Acquiring the tools to strengthen your professional network
  • Broadening your active network of global business contacts

Key topics

  • Empowering individuals and teams
  • Creating a compelling leadership vision
  • Coalition-building and influence tactics
  • Developing effective informal networks
  • Leadership coaching


Day 1 – Leaders as decision makers

  • Deciding in teams
  • Decision processes and leadership

Day 2 – Leaders as organizational architects

  • Building a high-performance team
  • Developing a compelling leadership vision
  • Bolstering your leadership network

Day 3 – Leaders as reflective learners

  • Group coaching day

Day 4 – Leaders as political strategists

  • Responding to annealing
  • Defending your leadership foundation
  • Coalition-building


Gianluca Carnabuci

Gianluca is an associate professor (with tenure) of organizational behavior who joined ESMT Berlin in 2016. Previously he was an associate professor of organization and management at the University of Lugano and an assistant professor at Bocconi University. He holds a PhD in Social and Behavioral...

Andreas Bernhardt

Andreas Bernhardt is executive development advisor and lead coach at ESMT Berlin in Germany, founding member of ESMT's Center for Leadership Development Research, and manages ESMT's pool of executive coaches. He has over 20 years of practical leadership development experience with executives from...

Francis de Véricourt

Francis de Véricourt is a professor of management science at ESMT European School of Management and Technology. From August 2010 until August 2013 he was on leave at INSEAD, where he was an associate professor of technology and operations management and the Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Susta...

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