Skills Training

Leadership for new leaders

Leadership — like many other aspects of management — is an exercise in carefully balancing choices in order to achieve defined goals. Leading individuals, groups or dedicated teams, a leader — on a daily basis — faces a multitude of decisions regarding different (often conflicting) aims, procedures, and interests.

This course views and explores the leader's role as being the central link or interface between "the team" and "the outside", including the crucial and related aspect of communication.

The course is aimed at professionals who would like to prepare for future leadership roles as well as for leaders who are (or still feel) new in their leadership role. Participants are encouraged to contribute cases from their own experience, and receive relevant and practical feedback regarding their individual leadership roles and concepts.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate programmes and the Hertie School Leadership Programme.

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 days at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin
  • No preparation or follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times

  • Day 1:  9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 2:  9:00 - 18:00

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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