Emerging Leaders Program

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

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Talents assigned to their first leadership roles need to prove themselves to their superiors, peers, and collaborators. Succeeding requires a profound change in both skills and mindset: from a talent who delivers value individually to a leader who creates value through others. The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to enable participants to manage this critical transition and realize their full leadership potential.

In the first module, participants will develop insights and tools to help them deal with the multifaceted contexts in which leadership plays out while learning how effective leadership requires actively managing upwards, downwards, and laterally. In the second module, participants will reflect on the responsibilities they have accepted as future leaders. Through intense interactions with faculty, peers, and professional actors, they will explore the ethical and psychological foundations of leadership and work on preparing a foundation for their own individual path to leadership.

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. ELP is designed to embrace 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
  • Communicate as a leader
  • Leadership transitions and self­development


“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

24. - 27. Sep 2019
4 Days

Module 2

29. - 31. Jan 2020
3 Days
Athens, Greece
7,400 €

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.