Leading with Psychological Intelligence

Enhancing your leadership effectiveness through a better understanding of what really drives subordinates, peers and superiors

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The English language program Leading with Psychological Intelligence (LPI) responds to the increasing demands on executives to enhance their leadership efficacy through better connections with subordinates, peers, and superiors. Psychological research offers many insights into human behavior. This program applies these research findings directly applied to the everyday behavior of modern executives.

Participants will discover how they perform as leaders through feedback analysis, experiential exercises, short mini-lectures, small group discussions, peer consultations, and coaching sessions.


Target audience

Executives leading diverse individuals or teams whose ability to mobilize the talents and efforts of others directly affects the successful achievement of company goals.


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 their leadership skills and remain resilient in the face of work- and team-related challenges
  • post-program follow-up to support putting new skills into practice
  • solid network of global contacts


Key topics

  • Overview of critical psychology findings relevant for leaders
  • Emotional and social competencies of leaders
  • Exploration of psychological challenges in decision-making
  • Learning styles and their implications at work
  • Handling psychologically challenging work-related situations
  • Dealing with necessary evils
  • Overcoming internal barriers to change
  • Facing adversity with resilience and perseverance
  • Individual leadership coaching session



“Illuminating when it comes to understanding yourself, your relationship with others, and the influences involved. Thoroughly enjoyable as well.”

Suzanne Hayward, Managing Director, Corporate and Investment Banking, UniCredit Bank


Meet the teaching staff

Konstantin Korotov (Program Director)

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.


Laura Guillén

Assistant Professor, ESMT Berlin

Laura is an assistant professor of organizational behavior at ESMT Berlin. Her research combines the leadership and identity literature to study how individuals develop a leader identity. Among other topics, she studies the positive and negative sides of holding a leader identity, and if and under what circumstances leadership self-perceptions have an impact on performance evaluations. She is also interested in gender diversity and in understanding the identity conflicts that women leaders might face at work. Her research has been presented at numerous international research conferences and published in journals. Prior to her academic career, Laura worked for Unilever. She is a senior consultant at Endalia, where she works on executive development, coaching, and leadership.


Francine Espinoza Petersen

Associate Professor, ESMT Berlin

Francine is an associate professor of marketing at ESMT Berlin. Her research focuses on emotions, luxury consumption, and self-regulation and how these elements interact to influence consumers. She teaches topics related to consumer behavior, branding, and luxury marketing. Thus, she is interested in understanding what makes consumers happy and how they can make better choices for themselves and for society. Her research has been presented at various international conferences and published in leading journals.

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.