Leading with Psychological Intelligence

Leading People and Teams

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

Leading People and Teams (LPT) is a leadership laboratory dealing with the why and how of behavior in organizations. Unlike many other programs, it goes beyond the conscious and rational side of human function, adding the opportunity to explore productive – and destructive – drives that individuals subconsciously follow in organizations. The program’s experiment-based structure will help participants investigate their own behavioral patterns in business situations and sharpen their awareness about their efficacy in dealing with others. Participants will receive input regarding their leadership styles and behaviors through a pre-program 360-degree feedback and debriefing during the course. The leadership laboratory’s challenging but safe environment will provide participants with the opportunity to learn new skills, experiment with different techniques, and receive feedback and support from faculty and peers. Participants’ individual learning experiences will be supported by group executive coaching and post-program follow-ups.

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Target audience

Target audience

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

Key topics

Key topics

  • The changing nature of leadership challenges
  • Individual preferences in leadership interactions
  • Making leadership transitions
  • Functioning of teams
  • Leading amid uncertainty
  • Group leadership coaching
  • Leadership and adaptive change
  • Leadership toolbox
  • Sustainability and engagement
Take-home value

Take-home value

Individual key benefits

By exploring methods of tackling the challenges they may face when attempting to create productive work environments, executives will gain a clear sense of the mindset, competences, and behaviors needed to be effective leaders. They will learn how to capitalize on and leverage their strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of their employees, peers, and superiors. Additionally, participants will enhance their emotional intelligence, learn influencing strategies, and discover the satisfaction that comes from a thriving leadership role, all supported by post-program follow-up coaching.

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

Konstantin Korotov (Program director)

Associate Professor with tenure and Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR), ESMT

Konstantin Korotov joined ESMT in August 2005 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in August 2008. He is also an integral part of ESMT's Center for Leadership Development Research. Konstantin is also an executive coach and a research fellow at the INSEAD Global Leadership Center in Fontainebleau, France, where he also received his PhD in Management (Organizational Behavior). In addition to his academic work, he has over 15 years of practical leadership development experience in the US, Russia, UK, France, Portugal, Spain, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Uzbekistan, Latvia, Hong Kong, Brazil, and Argentina.

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.

CB Bhattacharya

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

CB Bhattacharya is the Pietro Ferrero Chair in Sustainability at ESMT European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. On September 1, 2010 the president appointed him the associate dean of international relations and on April 1, 2011, dean of international relations.


“Perfect teaching, outstanding teamwork, great study material. Excellent, couldn’t have been better.”

Sarven Pestemalcigil, Manager, Strategy and Business Development Group, Sabancı Holding

Interview with Carol Kauffman, Institute of Coaching (Harvard Medical School)

Interview with Carol Kauffman, Institute of Coaching (Harvard Medical School)

Carol is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Coaching and is an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School.

In 2009 she received a two million dollar gift from the Harnisch Foundation in order to establish the Institute and its education and research mission and its centers for Leadership, Healthcare & Applied Positive Psychology.