Women’s Leadership Programme

“Transformation requires a mindset change where leaders know they have personal power which they can access to solve problems”. Carole Wainaina, former Assistant Secretary-General HR for the UN

24 to 29 September, 2017

We offer a powerful, insightful and practical course to support senior level women leaders who want to improve their (self-)leadership, follow their purpose and create impact.

Transformative Leadership

Today’s leaders must be prepared to anticipate, analyse, and address complex challenges involving multiple stakeholders as efficiently and effectively as possible. They need a special set of skills and capacities that will enable them to put effective leadership into practice. Navigating through the tensions and ambiguities that characterize today’s workplace demands an adaptive mindset and solid leadership decision making skills. The goal of this cutting-edge Leadership Programme is to empower senior level female leaders in their pursuit of dynamic and thoughtful leadership, career advancement and self-fulfilment. Critical skills in self-leadership will be developed in confronting difficulties and taking decisions across a wide range of contexts and circumstances.

Adaptive Skills in Decision Making 

The programme will be conducted in English. Our approach is grounded in theory (Robert Kegan, Ronald Heifetz and Kurt Fischer, Harvard University) but thoroughly experiential and applicable across a wide range of cultural contexts. The focus is on two fundamental aspects of effective leadership. Firstly, participants are taught how to identify and integrate their individual hidden patterns and reactive tendencies underlying their unconscious automatic biases and assumptions. These limitations tend to hamper the success and positive impact of their leadership.

Secondly, adaptive skills in leadership decision-making are built and strengthened. This allows participants to follow their own tailored learning and development trajectory and to handle complexity, ambiguity and real life decision making with greater ease and mastery. Participants learn to manage work situations they previously felt trapped in.

Challenges, such as gender or cultural biases are explored from the perspective of personal power and responsibility. Download the programme flyer or see testimonials from previous participants.

The Programme 

This is a journey in transformative leadership with the following features:

  • An online component before the onsite course: comprising a cutting-edge online assessment focusing on leadership decision making skills (Lectica’s Leadership Decision Making Assessment) and personalized debrief with the trainers (including the development of an individualized learning goals);
  • A five-day intensive on-site course focussing on:
    • Overcoming limitations inherent in the job linked to competence, perception, gender, or culture;
    • Developing skills and capacities that enable effective leadership in decision- making when the outcome is uncertain;
    • Strengthening the ability to coordinate multiple perspectives, practising contextual thinking and getting more solid in managing complexity; and
    •  Turning reactive tendencies into creative ones;
  • A personalized learning and development roadmap and two individual online coaching sessions after the on-site course;
  • A peer network and exclusive access to a range of leadership development resources.

The methods used are grounded in theory and are gender-neutral. The number of participants will be limited to 8 in order to guarantee an intensive and tailored experience.

Measuring Complexity and Decision Making Skills

The programme works with the Lectica Decision Making Assessment (LDMA), a leading measurement instrument that accurately assesses decision-making skills along six dimensions: (1) cognitive complexity, (2) perspective taking, seeking, and coordination, (3) collaborative capacity, (4) contextual thinking, (5) decision-making process, and (6) coherence. The online assessment will be tailored to the organisational setting and responsibilities of each participant, who will explain their approach to a common dilemma in the workplace involving conflicting interests. The end result is a customized report that, combined with refl ections and a debriefing, is expected to lead to individualized learning practices towards the next individual growth edge.


For information on registration, content or logistics, please contact anne.caspari@ezc.partners.

Course Details

Costs: € 4795,-/ $ 5195,- plus VAT. Costs include the online component, which consists of the Lectical Decision Making Assessment LDMA including the setup conversations, assessment costs and the individual debrief; one 5 days intensive on-site training and two individual coaching session after the training. Travel, board and lodging are not included. The cost of accomodation and full board at House Schmagerow is 60 Euros per person per day.

Next Programme: 24 to 29 September, 2017, House Schmagerow, Ramin, Germany, North of Berlin.  Registration open now.

Lead Trainers 

Anne Caspari and Johann Entz-von Zerssen have each more than 15 years of experience working with personal transformation, coaching and Organizational Development worldwide. Anne works with innovative adult development methods. She has taught at several universities, including Rome University “La Sapienza” and the European School of Economics. Johann, with 15 years of corporate leadership experience, works as faculty and leadership trainer for the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and the University of Munich, for individuals, groups and numerous organizations at all levels of leadership. They joined forces in 2014 to bring personal leadership training to the next level. Both are accredited in a variety of leadership and coaching methods, including CTI Coaches Training Institute, Hogan Assessments, Process Communication Model (Kahler), The Leadership Circle 360˚, Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching Certified (ORSC), and Lectica.

Assistant TrainerFotos Christoph-2923

Katja Firus

Katja Firus, economist, is a partner and senior consultant of T6 Ecosystems srl in Italy. Her main activity is facilitating and coordinating international teams, mainly active in the field of research in climate change impacts. Since many years she is also working on personal transformation and coaching, closely working as a team with the two lead trainers. She is a LEAD fellow with specific qualification in sustainability leadership and working with intercultural teams.

Programme Director 

Blanka Bellak is working with leadership associates. She was until recently Director of the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR). With more than 15 years of management experience in international development and in the UN System, Blanka is passionate about supporting individuals and organizations in their efforts to develop their leadership skills.


We have developed this programme together with the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), a UNESCO award-winning training and research institute on non-violent resolution of conflicts.


House Schmagerow, North of Berlin, Germany. Accommodation and full board: 60 € per person/night.

Nearest airport Berlin (D) or Szczecin (PL). Transport from and to the airports can be arranged.




Featured photo on top: Nike, the Winged Victory of Samothrace. 


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