Executive Master in Leadership Excellence

All the modules of the part-time Master’s program „Leadership Excellence“ focus on the respective subject matter’s impact on, and consequences for, leadership in organizations. In doing so, three didactic approaches will be combined: the traditional seminar or lecture will be complemented by case studies with an applicability focus and “Leadership 4.0 – intensive” elements conveying leadership tools and –techniques for daily practice.


Module 1: Leadership and Society – taking responsibility & increasing value-creation
(March 2017)

  • Stakeholder Management – identification, prioritization
  • Value and values: values-management systems
  • Sustainability – business, society, the environment



Module 2: Leadership in global markets – facilitating innovation & shaping organisations (April 2017)

  • Co-opetition – the game-theory approach
  • Innovation management und networks
  • Global HR- and leadership development



Module 3: Leadership in organisations – forging partnerships & taking entrepreneurial decisions (May 2017)

  • „Images of leadership“
  • Leadership basics
  • Relational leadership – leading (within) networks
  • „Leadership 4.0 – Intensive“: coping with complexity, conflicts, and stress



Module 4: Leadership and personality – reflecting on attitudes & maximizing impact (July 2017)

  • Continuity within change
  • Communication and rethoric
  • „Leadership 4.0 – Intensive“: psychology and the power to convince others



Module 5: Integrity and compliance – perceiving risks & conquering challenging markets (September 2017)

  • Integrity und compliance management, corporate culture
  • Legal frameworks and societal legitimacy
  • Business ethics – personality and standards of behaviour
  • Behavioral business ethics



Module 6: Leading people – trust as a principle, confronting differences, encouraging personal development (October 2017)

  • Leadership through trust
  • Co-operation and diversity management
  • „Leadership 4.0 – Intensive“: self-organisation, spaces for development, coaching



Module 7: Leadership in a digitalized world – mastering virtuality & understanding new habitats (December 2017)

  • Digitalization and modern leadership
  • Leading in interconnected spaces
  • Virtual culture and innovation



Module 8: Leadership as a bridge between the market, the state, and civil society (January 2018)

  • Taking decisions in between market, state, and civil society
  • Self-interest and public welfare
  • Corporate social responsibility and shared value



Module 9: Mega-trends – recognizing trends, identifying chances, developing business models (March 2018)

  • „Trend-analysis techniques“
  • Future scenarios of Industry 4.0
  • Responsibility in global value-chains
  • „Leadership 4.0 – Intensive“: Virtual leadership, international leadership



Module 10: Leadership and politics – professional political communication & influencing political decisions (April 2018)

  • Political lobbying
  • Details of the political machinery, industry associations etc.
  • International codes
  • Governance theories



Module 11: Leadership excellence in a US context (June 2018)

  • Chances of sustainability – the UN’s SDGs/ Global Compact
  • Urbanism as a driver of economic development – the example of New York
  • Doing business in the US



Module 12: Basics (cross-module)

  • Academic methods (individualized, according to need)
  • How to write a Master’s thesis
  • History of scholarly thought



Master‘s Thesis (July – September 2018)