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PTMBA2021_Core B - Executive Leadership

Course code
Course type
PT MBA Lecture
Weekly Hours
HS 2019
Karsten Drath
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
The fundamental objective of this course on executive leadership is to strengthen your knowledge and leadership skills in the following three key areas
  • Leading your inner world (i.e. your emotions and your thinking)
  • Leading your field (i.e. the teams and organizational units you are leading)
  • Leading your career (i.e. the professional trajectory you are aiming for)

In this course you will learn essential models in these domains and how to apply them in your daily life. Also, you will have the chance to learn something new about yourself by experiencing how it feels to lead others and how it feels to be led by them. Observation, introspection and peer feedback will play an important role in these sessions to help you to reflect upon your leadership behaviour and how to refine it further. The basic assumption for this class is that a leader who can consciously choose between various leadership interventions and styles is more resourceful and hence effective than a leader who has little or no behavioural flexibility.

Date Time
Saturday, 14.09.2019 09:15 - 16:45
Sunday, 15.09.2019 09:15 - 16:45
Saturday, 26.10.2019 09:15 - 16:45
Course book:Drath, Karsten; The Rules of Success: How Managers Can Overcome Setbacks and Grow; Routledge; London; UK; 2018.Pre-course readings (mandatory):Day 1 What Leaders really do; John P. Kotter From Transactional to Transformational Leadership; Bernard M. Bass How to become a better Leader; Ginka Toegel and Jean-Louis Barsourx Seven Transformations of Leadership; David Rooke, William R.TorbertDay 2 Leadership That Gets Results; Daniel Goleman Feedback that works; Cynthia M. PoelDay 3 The Rules of Success; Karsten DrathIn-course readings (optional):Day 2 Why should anyone be led by you?; Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones The Importance of Trust in Leadership; David L. MineoDay 3 How to Manage Virtual Teams; F. Siebdrat, M. Hoegl, H. ErnstWho’s got the monkey; William Oncken and Donald L. WassThe Acceleration Trap; Heike Bruch, Jochen MengesFive dysfunctions of a team; Patrick LencioniCharacteristics of Agile Organizations, Ray Arell, Jens Coldewey et al.Leading in a VUCA world; George W. Casey
As part of the course you will learn about models that will help you to up your game on the different levels of executive leadership. Also, we will conduct a lot of experiential activities throughout the course which will help you to reflect on your personality, your behavioural preferences and your motivation to lead. As part of these you will also get feedback on your current leadership style. We experiment, practise, discuss, and challenge some leadership behaviours, and we explore in which situation they might be effective. Each session of the course concludes with a reflection period for yourself. At the end of the course your team will be asked to present in front of the class which points its members are taking away for themselves.
You can obtain 50 points as part of this course. The points will be awarded for the quality of your insights in the “reflection diary”, your individual participation in class and the performance of your group. Throughout the course we will do plenty of exercises, reflections and peer consulting to which you are cordially invited to contribute. After each chapter you will be invited to note down relevant personal thoughts in your reflection journal. At the end of the course please hand in your reflection journal to the MBA program office.
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