Emerging Leaders Program

Emerge as a leader who can master the challenges and fulfill the high expectations you face

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The conceptual backdrop of the English language “Emerging Leaders Program” (ELP) allows for the co-existence of a variety of leadership theories so that participants may choose the one that best suits them, their organization, and their career objectives.

Top talents assigned to their first significant leadership roles are thrust into authoritative positions and tasked with creating an environment that promotes team growth and business success while mitigating conflict. They need to demonstrate credible leadership to their superiors, peers, and subordinates. However, it takes a full set of skills and a leadership mindset to master the challenges and fulfill the high expectations that emerging leaders face.

Alternatively we recommend the German language programs „Führung für jüngere Führungskräfte“ (FjF) or „Management für jüngere Führungskräfte“ (MjF) with General Management focus.


Target audience

Managers who have recently been appointed to leadership positions or high potentials in preparation of their first significant leadership roles. The ELP is designed to prepare participants with diverse professional and personal backgrounds.


Key benefits

  • concepts and tools needed to better understand the principles of human behavior within organizations
  • increase acceptance of their ideas and work requests and establish productive working relationships with subordinates, peers, and superiors
  • further develop leadership skills and remain resilient in the face of work- and team-related challenges
  • post-program follow-up support to assist with putting new skills into practice
  • prepare emerging leaders for future leadership roles
  • discover various ways to achieve leadership positions
  • Emerging Leaders alumni system for participants and their organizations


Key topics

Module 1: The context of leadership
ESMT Berlin

  • Understand the company behind the organization chart
  • Build an effective network
  • Create value through downward, upward, and lateral management
  • Motivate self and others
  • Build a high-performance team culture

Module 2: Personal leadership skills
Athens, Greece

  • Ethical and psychological foundations of leadership
  • Leadership in action
  • Communicating as a leader
  • Leading change



“ESMT Berlin has created an excellent environment to learn. We had a perfect mix of business cases, lectures, and outstanding activities. In addition, you feel welcome from the first moment.”

Adolfo Galán, Operations Director, ThyssenKrupp Encasa


Meet the teaching staff

Emerging Leaders Program

Module 1

18. - 21. Sep 2018
4 Days

Module 2

23. - 25. Jan 2019
3 Days
Athens, Greece
6,500 €

Gianluca Carnabuci (Program Director)

Gianluca joined ESMT Berlin in 2016 as an associate professor of organizational behavior. Previously he was an associate professor of organization and management at the University of Lugano and an assistant professor at Bocconi University. He holds a PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Amsterdam. 

His research interests revolve around the analysis of inter- and intra-organizational networks, with particular regard to the generation and recombination of technological knowledge. 
He has taught or teaches courses in Organization Theory, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Design and Change, Networks and Organizations, Knowledge and Organization, Human Resource Management, Negotiation, and Leadership.


Andreas Bernhardt

Executive Coach, ESMT Berlin

Andreas Bernhardt is an executive development advisor and the lead coach at ESMT Berlin. He has more than 20 years of practical leadership development experience with executives from more than 30 countries and has designed and delivered executive programs for several international companies. He teaches and coaches in the areas of leadership, organizational behavior, negotiations, and change.


Matthew Bothner

Professor, Pietro Ferrero Chair in Sustainability, Director, Center for Sustainable Business, ESMT, Berlin

Matt Bothner is a professor and Deutsche Telekom Chair in Leadership and HR Development at ESMT Berlin. His current research addresses the measurement and consequences of social status in several empirical settings, including venture capital, professional sports, and higher education. In addition, he has developed computational models, both to better understand factors affecting the evolution of cumulative advantage and to clarify the optimal strategies for leading tournaments for peer recognition. His research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Management Science, and Organization Science.


Urs Müller

Lecturer and Head of the Practice Group Consumer Goods and Retail, ESMT Berlin

Urs Müller is  a  lecturer  and  member  of  the  faculty  at  ESMT  Berlin.  His focus  in  research  and  teaching  is  in  the  areas  of  business ethics,   strategy,   and   change   management.   He   studied  philosophy, German literature, and art history. Before joining ESMT,   he   worked   as   a   management   consultant   for   A.T. Kearney. Urs is a best­selling and award ­winning case author and  serves  as  a  visiting  tutor  on writing  and  teaching  for The  Case  Centre.  His  work  has  been  featured  and  quoted in   several   leading   media   such   as   the   
Financial   Times,   The  Times,  Deutsche  Welle,  BILD,  Süddeutsche  Zeitung, and Handelsblatt.


Francis de Véricourt

Professor of Management Science, ESMT Berlin

Francis de Véricourt is a professor of management science at ESMT Berlin. Francis’s general research interest is in operations excellence with an overlap in managerial decision-making. His current focus is on business sustainability and social innovation. His research has been published in leading management journals, including Management Science, Operations Research, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. His work has won several awards. He is the current chair of the MSOM sustainability special interest group of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Francis is also on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals.