Leading People and Teams

A leadership laboratory dedicated to the why and how of behavior in organizations

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Leading People and Teams (LPT) is a leadership laboratory aimed at enhancing participants’ abilities to address the complex sets of challenges facing managers in their leadership roles. LPT’s experiment­based structure helps participants to gain awareness of their blind spots as leaders and develop strategies to correct them. Participants will learn how to influence decision makers in support of their initiatives, how to diagnose and remedy potentially toxic organizational dynamics, and how to bolster their leadership through a well­functioning, productive professional network.

The laboratory’s challenging but safe environment provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on their experiences as leaders, experiment with different leadership approaches, and receive valuable feedback and support from both faculty and peers. The individual learning expe riences are seconded by a full day of group executive coaching as well as post­program follow­ups.

As a German language alternative we recommend the program „Führung von Mitarbeitern“ (FvM).


Target audience

Executives with experience in leading employees and teams who intend to increase their effectiveness in reaching organizational goals through people.


Key benefits

  • gain a clear sense of the mindset, competences, and behaviors needed to be effective leaders
  • learn how to capitalize on and leverage strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of employees, peers, and superiors.
  • enhance emotional intelligence, learn influencing strategies, and discover the satisfaction that comes from a thriving leadership role
  • post-program follow-up coaching support


Key topics

  • Empowering individuals and teams
  • Creating a compelling leadership vision
  • Coalition­building and influence tactics
  • Developing effective informal networks
  • Leadership coaching



“Thank you for this well-organized program. A high level of competence was well presented. I found all of the presenters to be uniquely capable of capturing my attention and helping me reflect on my leadership style, and more importantly the things to focus on for further growth. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone wanting to enhance their leadership skills.”

Jörg Clement, Regional Director EMEA, FLIR Integrated Imaging Solutions Germany


Meet the teaching staff

Leading People and Teams

7. - 10. May 2019
4 Days
4,900 €

Leading People and Teams

12. - 15. Nov 2019
4 Days
5,300 €

Gianluca Carnabuci (Program Director)

is an associate professor of organizational behavior at ESMT Berlin. 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 examines how informal networks impact economically important phe nomena such as innovation, competition, and leadership. He has published his research in leading management journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Or ganization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He has taught courses in organization theory, organizational behavior, organizational design and change, networks and organizations, negotiation, and leadership.


Andreas Bernhardt

is an executive development advisor and the lead coach at ESMT Berlin. He has more than 20  years of practical leadership de velopment 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 behav ior, negotiations, and change.


Matthew S. Bothner

is a professor and Deutsche Telekom Chair in Leadership and HR Development at ESMT Berlin. His current research addresses the meas urement 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.


Francis de Véricourt

is a professor of management science at ESMT Berlin. Francis’  general  research  interest  is  in  the  area  of  data­driven  and  managerial  decision­making,  with  a  current  focus  on  healthcare,  business  sustainability,  and  service  systems. 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.