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The aim of the module on Leadership & Change Management, a core module in the programme, is to equip students with deep knowledge of the main theoretical and applied concepts in leadership and change management. Uniquely, students can opt for a two-week on-campus module, Leadership & Change Management – On-Campus Weeks, rather than taking the online version of the module.

In this on-campus mode, the application of leadership concepts is inspired by the experience set of the fellow students in the classroom. Since they also hail, primarily, from the development finance context, the cases discussed in the classroom will illustrate the specific leadership challenges faced by managers in developing and emerging markets.

The programme is split into two parts:

Part I, the first week, will be the general Frankfurt School International Leadership Academy, which is an open enrolment executive programme targeting development finance professionals worldwide. So, you will sit together with other executive participants from different countries sharing a similar background.

Part II is the extension week exclusive for Online Master students. In this week you will be among your peer students and classmates, and you will focus more on the theoretical foundations of Leadership. In this second week you will attend sessions only half days. The other half of the day you have time to prepare for the final presentation.

Leadership & Change Management – On-Campus Weeks is a great opportunity to see the Frankfurt School’s Campus and faculty, meet and network with your peers and get familiarised with the city of Frankfurt.

Target Group

Post-experience Master students, post-graduates and MBA students with relevant work experience (advanced level), professionals from the sustainable finance industry.

One-Week Leadership Winter Academy

If you prefer to visit the shorter one-week Leadership Winter Academy, please click on the link below (no ECTS credits can be earned):

The Programme*

Learning Objectives

The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the main theoretical and applied themes in leadership and change management. Using literature and case studies as background material, students have the chance to work in-depth on a topic and gain profound expertise in the field of leadership and change management*

Part 1: International Leadership Academy

  • The Impact of Leaders
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Developing your own Leadership Capabilities
  • Performance Management
  • Empowering Teams
  • Communication and Presentation
  • Conflict Management
  • Outdoor Leadership Challenge
  • Intercultural Negotiations
  • Leading Change

Part 2: Extension Week

  • Contingency Theories of Leadership
  • Participatory Leadership and Delegation
  • Strategic Leadership
  •  Presentations

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Administrative Details*

Tuition and accommodation expenses

Tuition fee for the Leadership & Change Management – On-Campus Weeks is already included in the MLSF tuition fee. For catering we charge EUR 450 for each Online Master student. This includes coffee breaks and lunches during the 10 days as well as some social activities organised during this two-weeks training.

Accommodation and insurance are not included into the tuition fee.

Any travel expenses are to be covered completely by participant, as well as arranging the travel.

If require a letter of invitation for visa application and if you want us to book our standard hotel for you., please write a short message to .

Please note that this event will only take place if at least 10 Online Master students register for it.


Please note that we select applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. At the same time we try to form a group of participants with complementary experiences and backgrounds. The number of participants is limited. Therefore we recommend you to submit your application in a timely manner.


Please note that we can offer the following discount:

  • 10% for groups of 2 or more participants* 
  • Discount for Frankfurt School partner universities is available upon request

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The programme will be held at the new Campus of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The campus facilities offer a broad variety of seminar rooms including high-class training facilities. The brand new campus is situated in the center of Frankfurt am Main and offers an inspiring environment with excellent training facilities and internet access.


The language of instruction will be English and no translation will be provided.



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Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is one of Europe’s top ranked business schools. Unusually, for a business school, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management also offers boutique advisory services in the area of financial inclusion, sustainable and green finance.  Our unique pedagogic approach combines the best of both worlds: research and hands-on tools .

Practice orientation 

The Leadership & Change Management Winter offers you a 'safe space' in which you can experiment with your own leadership identity, and build you unique leadership style. Our faculty has extensive experience in controversial leadership situations, and assures that real-life dilemmas are analyzed using the intellectual tools the discipline of management science offers.

Participant-centred approach

We take participants’ experiences and needs seriously. Therefore, we carefully select the students  and participants to ensure high-level peer learning, and network opportunities,  

We also expect our participants to get actively involved. Our teaching approach includes the following elements : group work, discussion rounds, presentations, case studies and an evening programme. Additionally, the limited group size will ensure easy access to faculty and experts.

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We also expect our participants to get actively involved. Various platforms are prepared for the exchange of experiences and knowledge, no matter if inside or outside of the classroom: group work, discussion rounds, presentations, case studies and an evening programme. Additionally, the limited group size will ensure easy access to trainers and experts.


Our participants leave the session not only with new technical knowledge, but also with a new world-wide network of other practitioners from the financial inclusion / sustainable & green finance field.

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You can join and launch online communities on professional topics as well as personal interests and will be able to access training materials, exchange experiences and ideas and build or broaden your professional network.


Registrations opening soon.

Know your Lecturers*

Prof. Dr. Björn Michaelis

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Dr. Björn Michaelis is a post-doc researcher and lecturer at the UBS-Endowed Professorship for Strategic Management at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. He is also the program director of China Development Bank’s Executive Education Program in Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership at Goethe Business School as well as a lecturer in the Master of Finance and Master of International Business programs at Frankfurt School. Before coming to Goethe University Frankfurt, he was an associate professor in organizational behavior and a research associate at Heidelberg University, Germany. Gaining experience abroad, he was a visiting fellow at the Graduate School of Business in Fontainebleau (France) and the Collin County College in Dallas (U.S.). His research interests include organisational behavior, corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, innovation management, and leading change.

Prof. Dr. Erich Bartel


Prof. Dr. Erich Bartel is professor of corporate culture and human resources at Frankfurt School. His research interests include change management, performance-oriented remuneration, and human capital.
He began his studies in economics with emphasis on human resource management in Augsburg. He was an assistant lecturer at Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen and was then employed with PA Consulting Group in Frankfurt am Main. He has held various positions at BfG Bank AG, incl. head of human resources development, TQM project manager and head of human resources. During this time he was also a member of the Board of Trustees for Bankakademie, an honorary judge at Frankfurt Labour Court and member of the Managing Board of Vereinigung für Bankberufsbildung. He recieved his Doctorate at the University of Stuttgart Hohenheim.

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