Executive Seminar

Leadership and personnel management

The capability for successful leadership is not something you are “born” with, albeit this will be no disadvantage. Leadership can be learned and acquired. Professionalization of management must not be limited to technical/instrumental professionalisation through increasingly applying management concepts and instruments (e.g. strategic development and controlling). Above all, it also means professionalisation of leadership, be it establishing appropriate structural arrangements or interpersonal leadership and improving it through training and learning.

Top-leadership skills at first are related to knowledge and behaviour of top executives, i.e. how they can influence their employees´ behaviour but also their ideas, emotions and values, their attitude towards organisational goals and strategies, their commitment and identification as well as the more general organisational culture.

Today, leadership more than ever means leading in and with teams; the leader as “lone wolf” or “great person”-theories are outdated already for long. The focus now is on social processes within teams. Leaders will continuously have to prove themselves within teams and to be prepared for the dynamics of such teams.

Central learning objective of this course is to get a conceptual as well as practical understanding of modern leadership theories and concepts. Leadership behaviour and its impact on organisational success have a prominent position within theoretical and empirical management research. These concepts and empirical findings of leadership-research will be conveyed to the participants. A major focus will also be on the strength and weaknesses of teamwork. Teams are often regarded as a universal tool, and drawbacks and malfunctions of teams in organisations are rarely discussed.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Leadership and Management, the Certificate in Public Sector Innovation or the Certificate in Stakeholder Communication.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • 2.5 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times

  • Day 1: 11:00 - 20:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 16:00

Seminar fee

€ 1,690

Seminar fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses.

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. 

Terms and Conditions


Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.

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