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 practice oriented leadership laboratory dealing with the why and how of behavior in organizations. The English language program’s experiment-based structure will help participants investigate their own behavioral patterns in business situations and sharpen their awareness about their effectiveness 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. Participants’ individual learning experiences will be supported by group executive coaching and post-program follow-ups.

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

  • 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



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

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


Meet the teaching staff

Gianluca Carnabuci (Program Director)

Gianluca joined ESMT Berlin in 2016 as an associate professor of organizational behavior. 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 interests revolve around the analysis of inter- and intra-organizational networks, with particular regard to the generation and recombination of technological knowledge. 
He has taught or teaches courses in Organization Theory, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Design and Change, Networks and Organizations, Knowledge and Organization, Human Resource Management, Negotiation, and Leadership.


Andreas Bernhardt

Executive Coach, ESMT Berlin

Andreas Bernhardt is an executive development advisor and the lead coach at ESMT Berlin. He has more than 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 teaches and coaches in the areas of leadership, organizational behavior, negotiations, and change.


Matthew Bothner

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

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

Professor of Management Science, ESMT Berlin

Francis de Véricourt is a professor of management science at 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.