Understanding and Leading Change

Change as the major aspect of organizational life

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Understanding and Leading Change supports participants in meeting the challenges that come with initiating and implementing change. During the program, participants will examine change processes and the psychological, political, and organizational issues they generate. They will learn to diagnose change-related issues and identify options for working with them. They will understand why change initiatives can fail and learn how to deal with change resistance and reluctance.

As a German language alternative we recommend the program "Change Management Seminar".


Target audience

Executives concerned with initiating, accompanying, managing, or leading change initiatives.


Key benefits

  • greater awareness of change as a major aspect of organizational life
  • analytical concepts to differentiate between types and stages of change
  • psychological capital to face resistance and reluctance to change
  • frameworks and tools to initiate and successfully implement necessary change
  • solid network of global contacts


Key topics

  • Understanding the need for change and the challenges accompanying it
  • Dynamics of change processes
  • Major reasons for change failure
  • Factors of successful change
  • Dealing with reluctance and resistance to change
  • Influencing others to change
  • Individual preferences in change interactions
  • Understanding and leading technical and adaptive change
  • Frameworks and tools for understanding and leading change



“Change stimulates resistance because it challenges people’s habits, beliefs, and values. It asks them to take a loss, experience uncertainty, and even express disloyalty to people and cultures. It also challenges their sense of competence. No wonder people resist.”

Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky


Meet the teaching staff

Prof. Konstantin Korotov, PhD

is a professor of Organizational Behavior at ESMT Berlin. His areas of teaching and research focus on leadership, change, executive development and coaching.  Konstantin  is an award-winning researcher, author of multiple books, case-studies, and academic articles, and a global leadership consultant. Konstantin directs ESMT’s open enrollment program “Leading with Psychological Intelligence”, runs Executive MBA and MBA courses, and teaches in customized offerings for companies like Allianz, Daimler, Siemens, Roskosmos, UniCredit, Hereaus, Verallia, MunichRe, etc.