Leaders of Tomorrow Certificate

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Grow Into Your First Leadership Position

Bring out the competent leader in you with our Leaders of Tomorrow Certificate! Whether you are just getting started with your first leadership position or currently growing into it – we will support you in defining your unique leadership style, becoming a keen strategic thinker and a trusted and respected resource for yourself and your team. Acquire the knowledge and mindset you need to take your first steps in leadership and connect with other emerging leaders in an intensive, three-day program. 

Key Facts

Program Structure

One on-campus module

Program Duration

3 days, 16-18 October 2024


On site, Mannheim, Germany



Course Fee*

3,500 €, Early-bird price 2,900 € if you register by 31 July


At least 3 years of work experience, good English language skills


Certificate awarded by Mannheim Business School


Best ranked German business school

Early Bird Offer Ends July 31, 2024

 If you register by July 31, 2024, you will benefit from a €600 discount on the course fee.

Register now


Key leadership skills and the path to finding your authentic leadership style

Strategic communication skills to motivate your team and foster group performance

An agile leadership mindset to successfully lead remote teams and share responsibility

MBA level teaching at Germany's #1 Business School

Learn together with a strong group of peers and build yourself a unique network of future leaders

Program Description


Leadership in your hands

This program is designed for young professionals who already have some project management experience and junior managers preparing for their first leadership role. To take part, you need to have at least three years of work experience, either with or without an academic degree. You should be about to take up a leadership position or have recently taken up a leadership role and have good English language skills.

This course will help you to develop your leadership skills and become a more effective leader. You will learn how to motivate your team and foster group performance. You will gain an understanding of the value of diversity in the workplace. Finally, you will learn how agile leadership enables effective communication, task distribution, and organizational structure within the team, empowering team members to autonomously, responsibly, and flexibly divide and accomplish their work.


Courses and Course Content

  • Foundations of Leadership

    • Understanding and developing the traits, habits, and behavior of successful leaders 
    • Self-diagnosis: Where do I stand and what do I need to work on  
    • Motivating myself and others  
    • Building personal power (as opposed to position power) 
  • My Own Leadership Style

    • Developing the essential behavioral repertoire for successful leadership  
    • Visionary leadership  
    • Charismatic leadership  
    • Empowering leadership 
  • Leading Teams

    • How to lead teams so that the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts
    • Team composition: Who should be on the team and how to benefit from diversity
    • Fostering coordination and alignment
    • Shaping team culture and promoting a team spirit
    • Fostering synergistic communication in teams
    • Managing conflict
  • New Work

    • Leading remote teams, remote presence and mobile work culture
    • New work cultures and their consequences for leadership, communication and task distribution 
  • Agile Leadership

    • What do agility and agile leadership mean?  
    • How to share responsibility in the most effective way 


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.

Dr. Chris Schäfer

Chris Schäfer is the Founder and Managing Director of Dr. Schäfer & Partner, Munich, and regularly teaches at Mannheim Business School. He holds a PhD and MSc in Chemistry, as well as an MBA in General Management. He has eight years of international management experience in the global Life Science industry, with a focus on Europe and Asia/Pacific. Additionally, he is a certified Management Trainer and Systemic Coach, as well as a licensed Insights Discovery® and MBTI®-Trainer. He has successfully delivered projects in personnel and organizational development on a global scale. His areas of expertise include leadership training, executive coaching, agile management & agile leadership, strategy development and change management.

*Registration and Course Fees

  • Registrations are open until 27 September, 2024, via an e-mail to delic@mannheim-business-school.com.
  • The course fee is €3,500. Register by July 31, 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 €1,000 on the degree program if you decide to study the Mannheim Part-Time MBA after doing the Leaders of Tomorrow Certificate
  • 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 Leaders of Tomorrow Certificate, Ramona Délic will be happy to answer them.

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