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Leadership under Pressure

Executive education program in English

Leadership under Pressure (LUP.11)

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

How to deal with complex leadership situations

We all know examples of executives leading organizations or teams into disaster, despite the fact that all involved had strong credentials and considerable experience. Regardless of the hierarchical levels of the persons involved, such scenarios should be seen as indicators that some fundamental assumptions about a system, operation, or task were wrong.

However, 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 confront mistakes in order to achieve operational excellence and manage life-threatening situations. Leadership under Pressure draws on this experience to illustrate ways of proactively managing potentially critical situations.


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Who should attend the program?

Executives preparing for critical leadership scenarios, either due to the daily risks of company operations or a need to change organizational behavior with regard to mistakes. Thus, we will look for ways to turn insights from these events into a vital and effective learning culture.

The program is limited to twenty participants.


Key benefits

  • Developing strategies for mastering critical incidents
  • Exploring methods for dealing with errors in organizations
  • Learning how to establish a system of psychological safety
  • Gaining insights into the crisis planning of flight crews
  • Applying your learnings alongside Lufthansa pilots in complex simulators


Key topics

  • 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

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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