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Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR)

The ESMT Center for Leadership Development Research brings together academics, educators, and practitioners in the field of leadership development with the aim to enhance our understanding of leadership development in modern organizations. We are particularly interested in studying how companies support their employees in making transitions to leader roles, how people embrace or create opportunities for learning to lead, and how leadership in organizations evolves. We also engage in research and practice of executive coaching as a professional service aimed at helping current and aspiring leaders realize their potential for the benefit of organizations and societies. The center is a platform for collaboration between professors, faculty professionals, practitioners, and executive coaches interested in promoting a better understanding of leadership development and experimenting with leadership development methods and tools.

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  • Korotov, K. (ed.) (2009). The ESMT leadership development companion. A custom textbook for the ESMT executive education open enrollment Leading People and Teams course. McGraw Hill-Primis.
  • Korotov, K., Schaefer, U., and Heyes, V. (2009). Deutsche Telekom Leadership Excellence Program: The leadership laboratory resource book. A custom textbook for the ESMT executive education Deutsche Telekom course. McGraw Hill-Primis.
  • Korotov, K. (2009). Personal career workout for executives. ESMT Exercise and Teaching Note.
  • Korotov, K., Schaefer, U., Mueller, U. (2009). Do you really think we are so stupid? A letter to the CEO of Deutsche Telekom (A–B–C). ESMT Case Study and Teaching Note.

Selected ESMT Open Enrollment and Executive Education Programs with Faculty from the Center

Selected awards

Selected awards

Best Teacher Award

The ESMT 2008-10 Executive MBA graduating class awarded Konstantin Korotov their Best Teacher Award. This is the second time in a row that ESMT's Executive MBA students have honored a professor from the CLDR with such this award.

A Rarely Conferred Award

The Board of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations has unanimously voted to make Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries, ESMT's Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development, a Distinguished Member of the Society. This is a rarely conferred award, only given so far to three members: Harry Levinson, Harold Bridger, and Gordon Lawrence.

The status of Distinguished Member is awarded to a member:

  1. whose work has had a significant and lasting impact on the field;
  2. Whose work has been recognized in the wider arena of work with organizations(impact beyond those organizations and journals typically associated with the psychoanalytic study of organizations);
  3. who has clearly displayed intellectual leadership in the field; and
  4. who has acted as an influential teacher and mentor to others.

The Thinkers 2009 Top 50 Ranking

Manfred Kets de Vries was named as one of the world's top 50 business thinkers in The Times 2009 report.

Emerald Literati Network 2009 Outstanding Paper Award

Presented to Konstantin Korotov for his paper “Peer coaching in executive education programmes” in Training and Development Methods 22(2-2008): 3.15–3.24.

International Leadership Association Lifetime Achievement Award

International Leadership Association honours Manfred Kets de Vries with the International Leadership Association Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles, California, November 12–15, during the ILA annual conference.

This very prestigious organization was for the first time, honoring "founding professionals in the development of leadership as a field and as a discipline." Manfred was inducted with Bernard Bass & Joseph Rost (posthumously), Warren Bennis, James MacGregor Burns, and Frances Hesselbein—a truly stellar group of leadership pioneers.