European School of Management and Technology

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About the course

What are the prerequisites of true digital leadership? Module 4 departs from the classical tools of change management and explores the new role that corporate executives have to take in the digital world. Which kind of organizational structures suits best for new digital business models? How can we reach the best outcome of products and services? Which kind of collaboration has the most positive effect on productivity and desired outcome? Which kind of leadership do we need to set the right guardrails for our teams? Leading organizations and implementing organizational change in the digital age requires vision, flexibility and empathy. During this module, participants will be challenged in group discussions and caselets, and they have to sketch a personal action plan.


  • Misleading experiences and biased leadership
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Digital strategies and business models
  • Agile decision making
  • Leading Millennials
  • Leading virtual teams


Understanding Leadership and Being a Leader in a Digital World provides managers with methods and measures that help them respond to the urgent necessity of being able to lead their businesses within increasingly digitalised markets. Module thereby places a special focus on leadership skills that are crucial for leading people in a digital environment. The program also encourages participants to become drivers of change in their companies by developing new mindsets and behaviours within teams and departments. Through experiential learning and by tapping into new didactical approaches (e.g., gamification and prototyping), Understanding Leadership and Being a Leader in a Digital World helps participants understand not only the “what” of digitalisation but also the “how” of becoming an excellent leader for a truly digitalised future. Module covers the understanding, adaption, and immediate application of newly gained knowledge in a state-of-the-art approach. Participants will be guided through a learning journey that is rich in new business perspectives and impactful leadership approaches.

  • Being able to design an appropriate organizational structure.
  • Building up teams for efficient collaboration.
  • Create an understanding how technology changes role of each function in the organization.
  • Tools and techniques for change adaptation – Tech it Game! as an example…
  • Building a personal digital agenda.

Day 1 – (ESMT): Understanding leadership in a digital world: Leading organizational ; developing an organizational towards digital literacy; attributes of entrepreneurial leaders and communalities with traditional business leaders; how to frame the business context to adopt a more entrepreneurial process; how to build and lead high-performance teams to foster innovation

Day 2 – (41North) – Being a leader in a digital world: Communication techniques and tools for implementing organizational change; creation of a personal action plan

Key Topics:

  • The new role of managers in a digital world
  • Introduction to the model of ambidextrous organizations
  • Building and leading high-performance teams
  • Communication tactics for adaptive change

Key Benefits:

  • Being able to design an appropriate organizational structure
  • Building up teams for efficient collaboration
  • Tools and techniques for change communication


We have designed an experience-based program for managers from senior level to top. As a result, program in partnership ESMT Berlin, relies on methods specifically chosen for this group, including interactive sessions, creative workshops, and serious learning games.

Leading organisations and implementing organisational change in the digital age requires both vision and empathy. During this module, participants will be challenged in group discussions and caselets and they have to sketch a personal action plan.


  • Interactive lectures
  • Short exercises and role plays
  • Group work and peer consultation
  • Action plan

Who should attend

This module is specifically designed for managers from senior level to top that would lead, motivate and enable their teams in increasingly complex environments and would like to have their buy-in for necessary change processes within their companies.


  • CEO/General Manager,
  • Director Loan & Deposit Products,
  • Factory Manager,
  • Head of Business Unit,
  • Head of Controlling,
  • Head of Finance Optimization,
  • Head of Team HR Strategy &
  • Mission Statement Partner,
  • Program Manager Digital Transformation,
  • Regional Compliance Officer,
  • CFE,
  • Senior Director,
  • Senior Manager,
  • Vice President

Trust the experts

Christoph Burger

Christoph Burger is senior lecturer and senior associate dean executive education at the European School of Management and Technology. Before joining ESMT, he worked five years in industry at Otto Versand and as vice president at the Bertelsmann Buch AG, five years at consulting practice Arthur D...


Bianca Schmitz

Bianca Schmitz is a program director and head of international executive education relationships at ESMT Berlin. She is responsible for establishing new international cooperations with other business schools, institutions or networks, such as the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) or ...


Yasemin Yucel Karasu

An innovation evangelist and digital transformation change agent helping organisations to become ready for the augmented world and benefit from strategic innovations while unleashing the potential of technology.Result oriented executive with passion and deep experience in Strategy, Innovation, Di...


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