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First Leadership: Leadership Programme for High Potentials

Leadership comes into play whenever results cannot be met by an individual’s hard work alone and a team effort is required to achieve goals.

Whoever needs to motivate employees toward common goals and wants to multiply the effectiveness of their own performance needs leadership skills. This programme shows ambitious young managers how they can develop themselves successfully, how to understand the soft skills required for the “human success factor” and how to motivate others to excel.
4 + 3 + 3 Day(s)
Individualised scheduling is possible


You might catch people’s attention with your professional expertise, but leadership and soft skills generate lasting corporate success and allow you to climb up the career ladder.

The path to successful leadership is a demanding and complex challenge with many pitfalls. To overcome this problem, you will require efficient self-management, a self-conscious awareness of your own leadership roles and capabilities, as well as effective communication and negotiating skills. We practice these skills and the methods involved, and we show you how to put them into practice.

The Objectives of this Leadership Training are:

  • To demonstrate the basic principles and aspects of results- and employee-oriented leadership
  • To demonstrate the basics of management skills
  • To learn about the tools and methods of leadership and practice their effective implementation
  • To recognize the importance of soft skills and improve your own behaviour within group and management processes
  • To recognize your own strengths in negotiations and to better bring them to bear
  • To develop your communication skills
  • To represent yourself and your company or organization convincingly in important situations


Part 1: People Skills & Leadership (4 days)
Part 2: Communication and Negotiation (3 days)
Part 3: Personality & Presence (3 days)

The sequence of the modules may vary. You are free to change the order when you sign up with no extra cost.

Target group

  • Managers in their first managerial position who want to supplement their expertise through leadership and soft skills in order to achieve the results expected of them
  • Management trainees who are earmarked for a senior role and want to prepare themselves
  • High Potentials, project managers and specialists with no management responsibilities who are expected to devote more time to managerial tasks in the future
Very interesting, catching.
Dr. Japar SHAMSHIEV, Delenex Therapeutics AG
Superb atmosphere and very good learning conditions with immediate feedback.
Dr. rer. pol. Gloria STEYMANN, Universitätsklinikum Münster

Areas of Focus

Leading Yourself Successfully

  • Managing yourself and your time
  • The optimal working method and organization
  • Personal goals and visions
  • Your own career and its next steps
  • Successful networking

Management Approaches and Roles in Practice

  • The principles and psychology of leadership behaviour
  • What are the latest research findings?
  • Which are the most relevant concepts in practice?
  • Clarifying your own leadership role
  • Dealing with the classic leadership pitfalls

Appropriate Leadership Conduct

  • Which management style am I following?
  • Self-perception, outside perception and role distance
  • Appropriate situational leadership
  • Appreciative behaviour toward employees
  • Strategies for making changes in your behaviour
  • Virtual team leadership: leading from a distance

Leading with Goals in Mind, Cooperative-based Planning and Decision Making

  • Why goals are so important
  • Considering employees and using their strengths
  • Principles of delegation
  • The art of active listening
  • Making the right decisions and delegating effectively

Effective Communication

  • The basics of communication
  • New developments in communication psychology
  • Appreciation as the basis of good communication
  • Communicating with superiors
  • Guiding meetings in a time-efficient and goal-oriented manner
  • Giving useful feedback

Using Negotiation Techniques Convincingly

  • The most important negotiation tactics and techniques
  • Identifying negotiation opportunities
  • Non-verbal cues
  • Strategies for successful negotiation
  • Negotiation success as a result

Conflict Management

  • Causes and characteristics of conflicts
  • Conflicts as an opportunity for development
  • Assessing conflict situations
  • Understanding conflict dynamics
  • Managing conflicts successfully

Successful Team Management

  • Roles, phases and the needs of teams
  • Recognizing and influencing team structures
  • The art of encouraging people
  • Soft skills as a key factor
  • Inspiring and results-oriented leadership at team level
  • Promoting synergies and dealing successfully with resistance to change

Leadership and Personality

  • From person to personality
  • Be yourself
  • Your own personality and characteristics
  • Self-perception and the outside perception of yourself
  • Bring personal strengths to the fore
  • Dealing skilfully with stage fright
  • Work-life balance

What does it mean to have an amiable demeanor

  • Congruous image of yourself and others
  • Confident self-presentation and pleasant personality
  • Sincerity and self-possession, even in stressful situations
  • Appropriate self-demeanor and communication
  • Ability to improvise and react
  • Role flexibility and a range of expression

The importance of personality and situation

  • How does a person become a personality?
  • Analysis of your personality profile as part of a self-analysis
  • Definition of strengths and weaknesses
  • How do I perceive myself?
  • What effect do I wish to have on others?
  • How do others see me?
  • Body awareness and body memory

Others’ perceptions

  • Successfully controlling first impressions
  • Consciously controlling verbal and nonverbal communicative signals
  • Facial expression and gesture, gait and posture, apparel and symbols
  • Why what is said and actual body language must match for a message to be persuasive
  • Tips for different occasions such as presentations, sales talks and making small talk

Dates and booking
First Leadership: Leadership Programme for High Potentials

Dates & Fees


  • Part 1: 11. – 14.06.2024 Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Part 2: 25. – 27.09.2024 Cologne (Germany)
  • Part 3: 16. – 18.12.2024 Berlin (Germany)


  • Part 1: 25. – 27.09.2024 Cologne (Germany)
  • Part 2: 25. – 28.11.2024 Berlin (Germany)
  • Part 3: 2025


  • Part 1: 25. – 28.11.2024 Berlin (Germany)
  • Part 2: 16. – 18.12.2024 Berlin (Germany)
  • Part 3: 2025
4 + 3 + 3 Day(s)
EUR 9.200,00 / CHF 9.900,00 plus VAT, travel, catering and accommodation

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