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WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and Leadership Choices now offer a new coaching program for managers. Participants will learn what their current leadership portfolio looks like and will further check – using the XLNC Leadership Assessment – which styles they actively use and how comfortable they feel with them. In addition, the program covers topics such as leadership maturity and intention, which are necessary when coaching others effectively.

The four-month, part-time program consists of two in-class modules (2 x 3 days) and virtual calls. Participants will primarily learn coaching from a practical perspective, for example, they will learn to apply coaching methods that have previously been proven successful in a leadership context. Practical coaching exercises are an essential part of the program. Moreover, participants will work with three coachees, i.e. internal coaching clients. “I am pleased to offer this new and condensed coaching program together with Leadership Choices. The coaching-methods in the program could be applied right away”, says Dr. Rebecca Winkelmann, Managing Director WHU Executive Education, who has co-designed the program.

The new program format is not only targeted at experienced managers who would like to reflect and improve their leadership repertoire, but at those who would like to prepare themselves for upcoming challenges in a leadership position. Karsten Drath, Managing Director of Leadership Choices: In today's world, hierarchies are becoming flatter, more fluid and in some cases even irrelevant. Employees are increasingly transforming into collaborators who want to be heard. Coaching is an important and strong style of leadership for people who want to participate and further develop themselves at the same time. It has the potential to unleash creativity and create real accountability and strong emotional connections. Yet, like any powerful tool, it must be handled responsibly and with great care."

Creating a coaching culture

Moreover, the program is designed for HR managers, who want to promote the further development of their managers and who would like to create a coaching culture within the company. Both managers as well as their companies will benefit from participating in the program: the program helps executives become more effective, increases their job satisfaction and sense of purpose and will further help create a healthier leadership culture in the organization.


The Coaching Essentials for Senior Leaders Program will start on May 18, 2020 and consists of three modules with six in-class days at WHU Campus Düsseldorf and four virtual sessions. Karsten Drath from Leadership Choices and Dr. Ulrike Straßer will lead the program. The program will be conducted in English.

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