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Leadership in Action

Expand your boundaries to achieve leadership and followership success

Leadership in Action (LIA.7)

Dates 16. - 18. Sep 2020
Duration 3 Days
Location Berlin
4,500 €

Leadership in Action

Executive education program in English

For an entrepreneur building a company – or an entrepreneurial thinker strengthening an existing organization – moving beyond the leadership comfort zone is more than an option: It is necessary for survival. Economies and industries are being turned inside out. Traditional corporate hierarchies are no longer sustainable. As a result, standardized approaches to leadership no longer work. In the absence of a roadmap and rulebook, today’s managers need bold leadership skills to drive real change. They also need fresh paradigms to make effective decisions.


Leadership in Action shows managers how to achieve both. A rigorous, three-­day, total­-immersion experience helps challenge, stretch, and push leadership skills in unexpected ways. Using the transitional approach to change, an action-and-­review framework extends thinking beyond classic presentation and case­ study methods. During the action program segment, participants are challenged to move, perform, communicate, and create during an innovative set of experiential encounters. During the review segment, participants are then engaged in collaborative peer feedback. The combined elements work together to accelerate personal and professional growth – breaking out of the leadership routine and into greater opportunity.


Target audience: Who should attend the program?

Managers and independent collaborators interested in learning about leadership and followership, facilitated through an action-based learning approach.


Key benefits: Profit from hands-on expertise

  • Build bridges between people to generate greater value
  • Learn to better identify, define, and reinforce interpersonal strengths
  • Areas for further leadership development
  • Support participants’ pursuit of a critical balance in planning, action, and interaction during high-pressure situations
  • See and seize opportunity in a business and economic environment marked by rapid change with a fresh set of insights and skills
  • Solid network of global contacts


Key topics

  • Developing innovative leadership strategies for teams and industries affected by rapid change
  • Cultivating greater followership and developing one’s own strengths by focusing on the substance and character that people naturally want to follow
  • Collaborating within a learning, cooperative laboratory environment that generates true innovation
  • Fostering healthy group competition that enables achievement at both the personal and organizational levels
  • Supporting communication strategies that reach across organizational, cultural, and gender barriers to motivate people and move companies forward
  • Building teamwork concepts that transcend traditional hierarchies to address the diverse talent clouds that make up today’s workforce

Meet our teaching staff

The programs have been 
designed – and will be led –
by ESMT faculty members 
and ESMT visiting faculty. 
They will also guide and 
advise you throughout 
your studies.


You need some further information?

We will call you back

Program Director

Nora Grasselli


Verena Ackels
Manager Business Development, ESMT Berlin


Effective leaders search for the better question, accept inexperience, stay in motion, craft good stories, encourage improvisation. People who act this way help others make sense of what they are facing; sense-making is about staying in touch with context

Karl E. Weick
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