Bülent Gögdün

The Energy of the Introverted Leader

> Target audience  -  Key benefits  -  Key topics  -  Meet the staff

As innovative companies strive to give employees more voice, more opportunities to shape decisions, and more responsibility in interactions with customers, introverted leadership becomes particularly relevant. With this program, we want to explore how introverted leaders can leverage their strengths and create more impact.

This program is conducted in English.


Target audience

Managers with a preference for introverted behavior or managers who are looking for
ways to build on the strengths of their introverted employees.


Key benefits

  • make use of the benefits of being an introvert in leadership positions
  • gain a deeper understanding of natural qualities and how to apply these strengths to lead teams successfully in a fast-changing and complex world
  • act and interact in experiential settings with feedback and reflection loops
  • develop strategies to better handle real-life challenges with the help of peers and coaches
  • question the stereotypes of who an effective leader is or what good leadership looks like
  • support the development of all managers who can potentially create value
  • support introverted leaders in becoming even more effective with both extraverted and introverted followers
  • enrich leadership culture and broaden the diversity of thinking and acting in the managerial ranks


Key topics

  • Making sense of extra- and introversion in light of new research on leadership
  • Leading in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world – sharpening the advantages of introverted leadership
  • Mastering critical leadership situations – turning feedback and reflection into action
  • Developing strategies to leverage the strengths and qualities of introverted leaders with the help of peers and coaches

                                          "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

                   (Mahatma Gandhi)


Meet the teaching staff

Bülent Gögdün (Program Director)
Program Director and Head of Practice Group Technology-Based Industries, ESMT Berlin

Bülent Gögdün focuses at ESMT Berlin on technology-based industries and executive coaching. Having studied mechanical engineering, Bülent enjoys working with technology companies. His four years of work experience as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group triggered a personal search for alternative consulting approaches to support the development of executives and organizations. Today, he strongly believes in coaching as one of the most effective leadership development tools. He has continually participated in professional training in this field.

In addition to his work as program director and coach, Bülent acts as an educational consultant supporting clients with their strategy development challenges and change management efforts.


Konstantin Korotov
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR), ESMT Berlin

Konstantin Korotov is an associate professor of organizational behavior and the director of the ESMT Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR), which he co-founded with Professor Manfred Kets de Vries. In addition to his academic work, he has more than 20 years of practical management and leadership development experience in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Konstantin conducts research on leadership development, leadership coaching, careers, and executive education.
He has authored, co-authored, and coedited six books and multiple academic and practitioner articles, business cases, and book chapters on leadership development and executive coaching. He has won multiple awards for his case studies, articles, and teaching excellence. Konstantin is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. Additionally, he is the founder of the ESMT Coaching Colloquia series – premier professional development events for the world’s leading executive coaches.


Francis de Véricourt
Professor of Management Science, 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.