Executive Program

Organizational Leadership

The disruptive challenges we face today have never been so broad-reaching, so relentless and so disorienting. From digital transformation, to economic and health upheaval, to social and environmental change, the need for true leadership, in a new world, has never been more urgent.

Inspiring business leaders are in greater demand than ever, but a perceived leadership gap has been recognized in the industry. Addressing the gap in leadership requires development offerings targeting core competencies at every stage of the professional journey.

We need leaders who can embrace complexity and ambiguity. Who will tackle the unsolvable. But being a leader in these times also demands empathy, compassion and understanding. Leaders who can energize the change weary. Who can tap into the power of all. And empower the collective genius we need to succeed.

Our 5-day Organizational Leadership course will empower aspiring leaders to manage contemporary challenges, build and lead teams to sustainable success. Learn from the Swiss experience in a global context.

This certificate course counts towards the Diploma in Advanced Management.

Course Information


On-Campus or Live-Virtual


5,950 CHF*


Option 1:

03 June – 07 June 2024

Option 2:

02 December – 06 December 2024



Dr Michael Gerlich is a  senior lecturer and researcher at SBS Swiss Business School. He is the author of the Handbook of Strategic Analysis and Corporate Foresight as well as multiple publications in leading journals.  As a leadership coach, he supported executives around the world to develop and master their leadership skills. He also teaches at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. His research focus is on Leadership & Change, Consumer Behavior as well as Elite Studies. During 25 years, he has worked as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, the Cabinet of Ministers in Uzbekistan and various Ministers for economic affairs in Azerbaijan, in addition to holding leading positions within the Industry. As a CEO, Dr Gerlich led in the FMCG food sector for more than 10 years international production and distribution organizations. 

Course Outline

Day 1: Emotional Intelligence

  • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence (EI) in Leadership. Discussion on self-awareness and self-management in a leadership context.
  • Managing relationships and building organizational awareness.

Day 2: Situational Leadership

  • Exploring alternative styles of management and leadership.
  • The importance of setting goals and evaluating performance.

Day 3: Motivating Employees

  • Understanding human behavior motivators and innovative employee motivation strategies.
  • Designing and redesigning work for better motivation.

Day 4: Leading Change

  • Understanding different approaches to leading organizational change and managing resistance.
  • Leveraging social and informal networks to facilitate change.

Day 5: Coaching and Mentoring

  • Exploring the principles, skills, and impacts of coaching and mentoring. Establishing key coaching relationships and skills.
  • Developing skills in managing team dynamics, equality, and diversity.

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