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Leadership under Pressure


Leadership under Pressure (LUP.11)

Dates 8. - 10. Dec 2021
Duration 3 Days
Location Berlin
5,850 €

Leadership under Pressure

Executive education program in English

We all know examples of executives leading organizations or supervising teams in which grave errors occurred or where disasters were mismanaged, despite the fact that all involved had strong professional backgrounds and considerable experience. However, regardless of the hierarchical levels of the people responsible for an event, the reasons should be investigated and used as an indicator that some fundamental assumptions concerning an organizational system, operation, or task were wrong. Yet, in most organizations, it is rare that the root causes of errors or crises are ever thoroughly examined. An exception is the aviation industry, whose members are prepared to deal with mistakes in order to achieve operational excellence and manage life-threatening situations.

Leadership under Pressure program draws on this experience to illustrate ways of proactively managing errors and crises and seizes upon the learning opportunities that emerge. It shows how a diagnostic concept is the first step toward a modern working environment in which critical situations serve as learning opportunities.

The program features the latest ESMT faculty research in error management and provides unique access to lessons from the aviation sector for organizations.


Find all the program information at a glance in our PDF download.


Who should attend the program?

All professionals who want to prepare for complex leadership situations, either because of the daily risks to a company’s operations or the need to change organizational behavior when dealing with crises and mistakes.

The program is limited to twenty participants.


Key benefits

  • Stay on top of critical incidents and learn support strategies for mastering the dynamics of these situations before they can disrupt organizational processes, unsettle employees, and damage a company’s reputation
  • Explore methods for dealing with errors in organizations
  • Learn how to establish a system of psychological safety that enables leaders and their teams to learn from errors and crises
  • Obtain insights into the crisis management preparations of Lufthansa’s flight crews and practice the knowledge
    acquired in this program under the supervision of Lufthansa pilots in complex simulators
  • Solid network of global contacts


Key topics

  • Leading teams in high-pressure situations
  • Creating an organizational learning culture
  • Understanding the prerequisites of psychological safety
  • Overcoming potential obstacles
  • Driving decision-making processes in complex situations
  • Maintaining control in dynamic and fluid situations
  • Managing crisis communication
  • Applying the program’s lessons during exercises in a flight simulator of Lufthansa Aviation Training

Leadership under Pressure (LUP.11)

Dates 8. - 10. Dec 2021
Duration 3 Days
Location Berlin
5,850 €
Professor Jan Hagen in flight simulator
people standing on a misaligned bridge
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Error Management
Flight Simulator

The program features exercises in a flight simulator under the supervision of Lufthansa pilots.

Error Management at ESMT

The latest ESMT faculty research in error management

Error Management

Error Management: The Missing Factor in Today's Organizations

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.


This was an outstanding program. I have never seen a program with such a diverse and appropriate mix of methods. It provided deep insights into key aspects of leadership in crisis situation.

Stefanie Lawson, Human Resources Global Business Partner, Deutsche Bank
Your program advisor


​​​​​​​Beatrix Becker
Manager Business Development, ESMT Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231 6205

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