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Hertie School of Governance

Power and Influence: Leadership in Action

Nov 7—9, 2019
3 days
Berlin, Germany
EUR 1690 ≈USD 1864
EUR 563 per day

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In a world in which most organisations, communities, and societies face enormous challenges, the practice of leadership is critical. This course introduces participants to conceptual as well as practical understandings of modern leadership theories. Participants develop an understanding of the relationship between key concepts – leadership, management, authority, power and influence. They thereby gain a practical, coherent framework useful for their future courses of action.

The course relies on a mix of traditional case studies, biographical case studies of historical figures, exercises/simulations, films, and guest visits. Upon completion, participants should be able to develop a conceptual framework for understanding power and influence, have practiced diagnostic skills to map out the political landscape, understand others' perspectives and power bases, and learn to predict and influence their actions. They also will have assessed their own power bases and develop their own strategy for building and exercising power and influence ethically and responsibly.

Who should attend

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


Johanna Mair is Professor for Organization, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance. Her research focuses on how novel organisational and institutional arrangements generate economic and social development. Mair is also the Distinguished Fellow at the Stanford Center on Philant...


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