Overview

Social and technological trends are fundamentally changing the nature of leadership. We want to help you understand this change and the challenges it brings. Through our research and dialogue with experts from science, business and civil society, we are developing solutions that combine knowledge with innovation. Our studies, lectures, conferences and symposiums offer opportunities and occasions to think and talk about new leadership.

Ideas

Beyond Easy Answers

Idea: Good leadership starts with the right attitude

What effects do digitalization, increased interconnectedness and a culture of growing volatility have on leadership? This study speaks to business leaders, executive board members and entrepreneurs from publicly listed companies, family controlled companies and state owned companies to identify common themes, insights and questions into the digital age and appropriate approaches to these challenges today.

Partners

Central European University, company companions, University of St. Gallen

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This study shows you how to deal with the challenges of an accelerated world, based on the experience of 31 top executives.

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Think (more) like a start-up

Idee: Führungsimpulse von Start-ups

Start-ups from Tel Aviv and Berlin to San Francisco accelerate technological change. At the same time, they are experimenting with new ways to build and lead their companies. In "Think like a start-up", we critically question myths and examine what start-ups really do differently from other companies and what leaders working in business, the public and civil society can learn from them.

This study is available in German language only. 

Partner

company companions, HHL, University of St. Gallen

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Leadership impulses from start-ups

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Religion & Leadership

Idea: Learning to be a leader and dealing with religion constructively

How does religion impact leadership today? What are the opportunities and pitfalls for society at large? How can we constructively engage with religion? These questions fueled a study that involved interviews and a workshop with religious leaders of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic backgrounds - all from secular organizations. The results show that religion plays a decisive role for many yet remains a taboo topic in leadership research and practice.

Partners

Stiftung Mercator

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Networked Foreign Policy

Idea: Lead foreign policy organizations with and within networks

Technological changes have drastically reduced the size of the globe. What do these changes mean for foreign policy? How do we identify and reconcile foreign interests among the growing number of stakeholders in the international arena? How can policy leaders drive structural and cultural change within their organizations? This study focuses on the input of decision makers from ministries, trade associations, foreign policy politicians, civil society, and the private sector. It includes a case study (German-Turkish relations) using social media analysis.

Partners

German Federal Foreign Office, Central European University, Harvard Kennedy School

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This study is recommended for leaders from all different sectors.

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Migration Ambassadors

Idea: Workshops for refugee workers

The Migration Ambassadors project brings together initiators, founders and multipliers of welcoming initiatives and social enterprises alongside a faculty of experienced facilitators. Workshops offer a place to learn skills for the development of organizations, to network and to jointly build a society based on respect and courage.

Partners

Stiftung Mercator, Migration Hub Network

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Do you have an interest in our training sessions? Would you want to become a trainer yourself in refugee aid and work alongside other volunteers?

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Newcomers, new impulses

Idea: Learning from volunteer initiatives

The refugee wave of 2015 and 2016 has led to a new civic commitment. People from all strata of society have volunteered, they self-organized and they build networks. Thus they were able to react quickly and effectively. This project brings to light different innovations.

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Get in touch!

Ben Sahlmüller

Project manager Leadership Research
+49 30 921 0285 - 14
ben.sahlmueller@lead.ngo

Elena Hunzinger

Project coordinator Leadership Research
+49 30 921 0285 - 14
elena.hunzinger@lead.ngo