Women's Leadership Excellence
Despite the evidence that businesses improve their performance with more women in leadership positions, many companies are not taking advantage of the positive effects of having more women in decision-making roles. Women’s Leadership Excellence (WLE) provides a practical agenda for realizing the advantages of diverse leadership teams and supporting business women to maximize their impact.
Women’s Leadership Excellence will equip female leaders with the competence and skills to create, explore, and feel comfortable using the value that their gender brings to leadership. In a supportive and collaborative atmosphere, participants will learn how to overcome bias, strengthen their leadership talents, evaluate their career options, and acquaint themselves with networks supporting women in business. They will challenge pre-held notions of fairness and learn how to emphasize both their self-development and that of others.
Female managers and leaders in middle to senior leadership roles, who have managerial responsibility within their organization or are leading large projects. Of special interest to companies in industries challenged by talent shortages and where women are underrepresented.
Participants will learn from the latest research and thinking on how and why gender diversity is the key to sustainable organizational success. After challenging the ideas of stereotypes and bias in team performance, participants will learn which skills and characteristics support - and which hinder - their individual career progress, as well as how to maximize their impact as female leaders.
- Why anyone should follow you: debunking the myth of women leadership and gender bias
- Promoting yourself and others: The critical skills required for women to lead
- The relative importance of mentors, coaches and networks for leading women
- Remaining authentic to your inner leadership style
- Maximizing your impact of leadership
- Creating presence and charisma
- Communicating with greater coverage, clarity and flair
Bianca Schmitz (Program Director)
is a co-director of the Hidden Champions Institute (HCI) and a program director at ESMT Berlin.
She is responsible for establishing new international alliances with other business schools, institutions and networks, such as the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM).
Her focus lies on agile innovation processes, especially of so-called Hidden Champions. She has been trained in Design Thinking by Hasso Plattner Institute and is a certified SCRUM Product Owner.
She studied Regional Sciences of Latin America at the University of Cologne and finished with a diploma. Her focus was on economics and the Spanish language. Bianca worked for three years at the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS), a nonprofit organization based in Cologne, Germany, with branches throughout the world. Bianca’s international profile is supplemented by two years of work experience in Spain.
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.
Laura Guillén joined ESMT Berlin as an Assistant Professor in September 2010. She holds a combined BS. and MBA degree in Business Administration from ESADE. After finishing university, she joined the Unilever ice-cream division in Barcelona where she became passionate not only about ice-cream but about the psychological issues revolving around self- and social perceptions at work. With the hope to understand these ‘people issues’ better, she returned to the academic world and completed her PhD at ESADE in the area of organizational behavior.
While working on her PhD, she got a second BS. in Psychology from the National University of Distance Education UNED, Madrid, Spain and was trained as a professional coach. She worked as a research fellow for the European Social Survey, where she received in-depth training in social sciences methods. Prior to joining ESMT, she won a Marie Curie Scholarship from the European Commission to join INSEAD as a post-doctoral fellow. During her post-doc, she earned a Diploma in Clinical Organizational Psychology (INSEAD).
Her research interests include identity, authenticity, the bright and dark sides of leadership, gender, diversity, and social perceptions. Her work has been presented at numerous international research conferences and has been published in internationally renowned journals.
Didi Hopkins is an actor, director, voice-over artist and lecturer, with over 20 years’ experience as an international business trainer and coach. She is the UK’s leading expert in the theatre tradition of Commedia dell'Arte and worked with Richard Bean on his hit plays, One Man,Two Guvnors, in the West End and The Hypocrite at the RSC. Didi teaches and directs at theatre schools in the UK and abroad, has directed performances for the NT Watch his Space summer programme and for the past three years has directed shows at the Edinburgh Festival.
As a trainer and coach for major businesses in the UK, US and Europe, her specialism is in women’s leadership. She has run leadership master classes for several business schools already.