Leadership and personnel management

Executive seminar

The capability for successful leadership is not something you are “born” with, albeit this will be no disadvantage. Leadership can be learned and acquired. Professionalisation 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leadership more than ever means leading in and with teams; the leader as “lone wolf” or “great person”-theories are outdated already for long.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. 

Not offered in 2018/19. This course can be customised for organisational clients. Learn more.