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Evolve. Strengthen. Master. Reshape Your Leadership Personality

Leadership Essentials Program

WHU’s Leadership Essentials Program explores the foundations of leadership, asking how leadership is different from management and by comparing effective and ineffective leadership behaviors. During the 3-day interactive leadership seminar, you will develop the skills you need to motivate, and coach, and assess people to get them on-board with your goals and strategies.

We use exercises, group work, and case studies to practice the behaviors of highly effective leaders. The program concludes with reflections on what you have learned and a forward plan that will help you apply the insights you gained during the business leadership program. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

Personal LeadershipLeadershipGeneral ManagementManagement Essentials
Suitable for executives with:
Leadership Experience
Work Experience

Program Faculty

Program Content

You will start the executive leadership training by focusing on your personal situation, identifying the reasons why you want to be a leader and why others should follow you. Through exploring behavioral patterns that distinguish highly effective leaders, you will create an understanding of the various leadership concepts, helping you to develop your own authentic leadership style. Comparing transformational and transactional leadership will show why these two are interrelated, and where the power of charisma comes into play when leading others. The importance of the relationship between leaders and followers will be highlighted by discussing how emotional intelligence matters when striving for high-quality relationships.

Second, you will learn about the difficulties of taking action and responsibility, how to overcome hurdles, and deal with emotional intelligence, negative feedback, and conflict. By clarifying the effect of emotions on teams, the acceleration trap will be introduced, and fortunately, also guidelines on how to break free from this trap and prevent it from happening again.

We go through questions concerning how you can put your insights and thoughts into action, developing the skills you need to motivate, and coach and assess people to get them on-board with your goals and strategies. You will be familiarized with state-of-the-art thinking on leadership, research outcomes from over 100 years of leadership research.

Finally, you will be introduced to useful tools and concepts that will help you to develop, refine, and reflect on your own executive leadership foundation.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the Executive Leadership Program, participants will …

  • understand the importance of leadership
  • be able to reflect on their own leadership purpose and values
  • consider the limitations of leadership
  • understand the do’s and don’ts when motivating teams
  • be able to deal with negative feedback and conflict


You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

Participant Profile

Who benefits most from the program?

  • Participants who are transitioning into a leadership position, or have done so in the past few years.
  • Participants moving from an operational into a strategic position.
  • Participants seeking to enhance their people-management skills

The minimum number of participants for this program is 12.

Program Format and Module Dates

This 3-day program runs at WHU Campus Dusseldorf.

Leadership Essentials Program

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Get the full General Management Experience – Special offer

This Program is part of the Management Essentials Program, a package that provides participants, who are transitioning into a leadership position, or have done so recently, with the fundamental skills of General Management. You can choose 3 out of 5 of the following programs: Leadership Essentials, Strategy Essentials, Financial Literacy, Brand Management, and Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship Essentials.

In combination with an additional personality profile, the 3 programs can be scheduled flexibly to make them best fit your professional and personal schedule.

Upon completion of the program, participants receive WHU’s “Certificate of Excellence in General Management”. Furthermore, you can choose to gain 6 ECTS credits.

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We offer each of our Open Programs also as a Customized Program for corporate clients.

The advantage for you is that program contents and methods can be adjusted to your company’s strategy and your employees’ skills and needs.

Please contact us via if you are interested in a Customized Program.

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