Leadership in Action

Leadership in Action

Expand your boundaries to achieve leadership and followership success

For an entrepreneur building a company – or an entrepreneurial thinker strengthening an existing organization – moving beyond the leadership comfort zone is more than an option: It is necessary for survival. Economies and industries are being turned inside out. Traditional corporate hierarchies are no longer sustainable. As a result, standardized approaches to leadership no longer work. In the absence of a roadmap and rulebook, today’s managers need bold leadership skills to drive real change. They also need fresh paradigms to make effective decisions.

Leadership in Action (LIA) shows managers how to achieve both. A rigorous, three-day, total-immersion experience helps challenge, stretch, and push leadership skills in unexpected ways. Using the transitional approach to change, an action-and-review framework extends thinking beyond classic presentation and case-study methods. During the action program segment, participants are challenged to move, perform, communicate, and create during an innovative set of experiential encounters. During the review segment, participants are then engaged in collaborative peer feedback. The combined elements work together to accelerate personal and professional growth – breaking out of the leadership routine and into greater opportunity.

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Target audience

Target audience

Managers and independent collaborators interested in learning about leadership and followership.

Key topics

Key topics

  • Developing innovative leadership strategies for teams and industries affected by rapid change
  • Cultivating greater followership and developing one’s own strengths by focusing on the substance and character that people naturally want to follow
  • Collaborating within a learning, cooperative laboratory environment that generates true innovation
  • Fostering healthy group competition that enables achievement at both the personal and organizational levels
  • Supporting communication strategies that reach across organizational, cultural, and gender barriers to motivate people and move companies forward
  • Building teamwork concepts that transcend traditional hierarchies to address the diverse talent clouds thatmake up today’s workforce
Take-home value

Take-home value

Individual key benefits

Participants will learn to build bridges between people to generate greater value. By acquiring new strategies for leading and following during the program, managers will learn to better identify, define, and reinforce their interpersonal strengths. The program will also point out areas for further leadership development. At the same time, it will support participants’ pursuit of a critical balance in planning, action, and interaction during high-pressure situations. As valuable agents of change within their organizations, participants and their teams will thus be better able to see and seize opportunity in a business and economic environment marked by rapid change. Plus, they will do so with a fresh set of insights and skills.

Organizational benefits

All ESMT programs are practice-oriented. This means that participants profit from the current state of research being applied in business today, research that can be implemented once participants return to their organizations. Furthermore, the programs provide both the participants and their organizations with fresh perspectives and a solid network of global contacts. In addition, each program is an opportunity to promote and retain valuable personnel.

Meet the faculty

Meet the faculty

Nora Grasselli (Program director)

Program Director, ESMT

Nora Grassell studied management, with focus on organization. She completed her PhD on group dynamics at HEC School of Management. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

Prior to joining ESMT, Nora was a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, where she consulted multinational corporations on organizational issues. She also worked as a lecturer for various MBA and executive programs at multiple business schools including HEC, Oxford Said, Reims School of Management, and the Central European University. As a Program Director at EMST, Nora pursues her academic interest in group dynamics, leadership, and organizational psychodynamics.

Andreas Bernhardt

Executive Coach, ESMT

Andreas Bernhardt is program director and executive coach at ESMT, a founding member of ESMT's Center for Leadership Development Research, and manages ESMT's pool of executive coaches. He has over 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 is also an executive coach with the Global Leadership Centre at INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools.

He is co-designer and convenor of ESMT’s yearly Coaching Colloquium, co-organizer of the International Coaching Research Forum in collaboration with the Institute of Coaching at McLean/Harvard Medical School, and regularly contributes to top academic and practitioner conferences. His current consulting and research interests focus on leadership development, executive coaching, HR management, and leading and coaching teams in tough times. He is co-editor of the new book "Tricky Coaching: Difficult Cases in Leadership Coaching" together with Konstantin Korotov, Manfred Kets de Vries and Elizabeth Florent-Treacy.

He teaches and coaches in the areas of leadership, organizational behavior, coaching, negotiations, and change in MBA, Executive MBA, Open Enrollment, and company-specific executive programs. His executive education portfolio includes programs for, among others, Allianz, Munich RE, Deutsche Bank, Postbank, Hogan Lovells, SAP, Deutsche Telekom, E.ON, RWE, BSH Bosch and Siemens, Hitachi, Kaspersky, B. Braun, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, West Pharmaceutical Services, Mundipharma, Johnson & Johnson, Axel Springer, McDonald's, and the European Union.

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“The effective leader searches for the better question, accepts inexperience, stays in motion, crafts good stories, encourages improvisation. People who act in this way help others make sense of what they are facing; sense-making is about how to stay in touch with context.”

Karl E. Weick