Executive Leadership Accelerator

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Lead with Profound Impact, Vision and Charisma

To become a great leader, it is essential to develop a visionary outlook, be perceived as charismatic, and understand how and when to empower followers versus when to be directive. Great leaders cultivate traits, behaviors, and habits that inspire trust and respect. This modular Executive MBA quality course for senior executives transitioning to C-level positions includes a thorough self-assessment to answer key questions: Where do I stand? What are my strengths? What do I need to work on? Leverage cutting-edge insights on human motivation, leading high-performance teams as well as driving change, and integrate them into your leadership practices to become a true leader and create a lasting legacy.

Key Facts

Program Structure

Online kick-off, two on-campus modules

Program Duration

October 10 (online), Oct 18-19, November 22-23, 2024


Mannheim, Germany



Course Fee

6,500 €, Early-bird price 5,900 € if you register by August 11, 2024


At least 7 years of leadership or significant project management experience, good English language skills


Certificate awarded by Mannheim Business School


Germany's best business school, top 15 worldwide in the Financial Times Executive MBA ranking

Early Bird Offer Ends August 11, 2024

 If you register by August 11, 2024, you will benefit from a €600 discount on the course fee.

Register now


Effective leadership skills and thorough self-assessment

Strategic motivation and communication skills to align teams under a common vision

Leading change: Transforming corporate culture and change management 

Executive MBA level teaching at Germany's #1 Business School

Transformative in-person learning experience with a strong group of senior-level executives

The opportunity to network with MBS alumni, program participants and corporate contacts

Program Description


This powerful and engaging program is tailored for senior executives with significant leadership and project management experience. Are you ready to become a more effective leader, transform your company culture, and navigate volatile business environments? You will receive valuable insights about your own leadership strengths and areas for improvement, learn how to motivate yourself and others, and understand how to inspire trust and gain the respect of your team members. By developing your skills, behaviors and habits, you will become a leader people naturally gravitate towards and be prepared to lead your teams to success.

Courses and Course Content

  • Career Success vs. Effective Leadership

    In this course, you will examine the distinct elements required for a successful career as a leader and find that they only partly overlap with the elements necessary for effectively influencing followers. You will:

    • Explore the traits, behaviors, and habits essential for career success.
    • Understand the traits, behaviors, and habits needed to promote follower performance and satisfaction.
    • Assess your current standing, identify your strengths, and pinpoint areas for improvement.
  • Cutting-Edge Research on Human Motivation

    A profound understanding of human motivation is the foundation for being a successful leader. Through this course, you will:

    • Gain insights into the latest developments in our understanding of motivation.
    • Learn about the neurophysiological foundations of motivation.
    • Discover how to apply this knowledge to better motivate yourself and others.
  • Becoming a Great Leader I: Refining Your Leadership Identity

    This part of the program focuses on refining your leadership identity and further honing the qualities that characterize great leaders. This course will help you to:

    • Acquire techniques to become a visionary leader.
    • Get an understanding of how to be perceived as charismatic.
    • Discover how and when to empower followers and when to take a directive approach.
    • Comprehend how to use intrinsic and extrinsic rewards.
  • Becoming a Great Leader II: Leading Teams

    Great leaders master great teams. Based on this premise, “Leading Teams” is designed to enhance your skills to:  

    • Understand how to unite and align teams under a common vision.
    • Explore strategies to emerge as a natural leader that others want to follow.
    • Maximize team performance, especially those who are diverse in terms of demographics, values and backgrounds.
  • Corporate Culture Analysis and Visualization: Concepts and Applications

    In this course, you will delve into the nuances of corporate culture analysis and visualization, exploring concepts and applications essential for organizational success. Upon completion, you will be able to:

    • Identify basic assumptions (actual values) rather than declared values.
    • Visualize corporate cultures and subcultures, providing valuable insights into organizational dynamics.
    • Recognize necessary culture changes, empowering you to drive meaningful transformation within your organization.
  • Change Management and Corporate Transformation: Concepts and Applications

    During this course, you will explore the concepts and applications of change management and corporate transformation. You will gain the ability to:

    • Focus on leading change rather than just managing it.
    • Comprehend the 8-step model of leading change.
    • Formulate a vision and a mission statement.
  • Communicating Transformations: Practical Exercises on Change Communication, Townhall Meetings and Micro Mechanisms of Change Management

    Navigating the complexities of communicating transformations can pose significant challenges; however, with the right strategies, it can also bear rewarding outcomes. Therefore, this course is designed to equip you with the assets to:

    • Understand and apply the 3-S model of change communication.
    • Understand and apply the micro mechanisms of change management.
    • Learn how to conduct effective townhall meetings.


Prof. Dr. Eric Kearney

Eric Kearney has been Professor of Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Management at the University of Potsdam since 2014. He has taught at numerous German and international universities and business schools and regularly teaches leadership courses at Mannheim Business School. His research on leadership and teamwork has been published in leading scientific journals (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Organization Science, Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes). In his talks, keynotes, and workshops, he shows how scientific findings can be highly useful for organizations in their efforts to promote performance and satisfaction. Eric Kearney's research focuses on the leadership of individuals and teams. He is particularly interested in visionary and empowering leadership, as well as how we can leverage the potential of team diversity.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Armbrüster

Prof. Thomas Armbrüster heads the research group Knowledge Management, Human Resources and Leadership at the University of Marburg and regularly holds courses in leadership, employee management, corporate culture and change management at Mannheim Business School. He has been supporting numerous managers at all hierarchical levels in their professional development as a senior executive leadership trainer and leadership coach for more than 10 years.

Prof. Armbrüster holds a degree in industrial engineering from TU Berlin. He spent several years working in management consultancies before completing his doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science and habilitating at TU Berlin. This was followed by research stays at the European University Institute in Florence, Stanford University and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, among others. After several years at private universities, some of them in management positions, he was appointed Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Erfurt in 2012 and has been Professor of Knowledge Management and Human Resource Management at the University of Marburg since 2015. His research interests also include management consulting, human resources management, and leadership.

Registration and Course Fee

  • Registrations are open until 29 September, 2024, via an e-mail to delic@mannheim-business-school.com.
  • The course fee is €6,500 and includes two two-day modules, an online kick-off, fireside chats, and a visit to TSG Hoffenheim Research Lab.
  • Register by August 11, 2024, to save €600 with our early-bird offer!
  • Alumni and participants at Mannheim Business School, their spouses and co-habiting partners, and alumni, staff and participants of the University of Mannheim are eligible for a 20% discount.
  • Discount of €1,900 on the degree program if you decide to study one of our Executive MBA programs after doing the Executive Leadership Accelerator
  • Good to know: Tax offices usually recognize costs for your further education if they are job-related. Depending on your tax status in Germany, you may claim up to 50% of the tuition fee and related travel expenses on your annual tax return. Outside of Germany, please check details with a tax advisor in your country of residence. Please note: Each federal state in Germany has regulations on educational leave. Check here to see which regulations apply in your federal state.

If you have any questions about the Executive Leadership Accelerator, Ramona Délic will be happy to answer them.

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