Leadership Training - From Specialist to Manager

Join our exclusive High Impact Leadership Development Program and accelerate your leadership expertise.

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What you'll learn

✓ Develop and strengthen your role as a manager

✓ Focus on strategic priorities and motivate your teams

✓ Provide impetus for further development and influence transformation

✓ Understand and leverage organizational dynamics

✓ Lead effectively through change processes

Accelerating expertise

We equip leaders in the three relevant disciplines of leadership: self-leadership, team leadership, and leadership in change processes. In this intensive program, you will strengthen your leadership abilities through a mix of theory, discussions, group exercises, and outdoor challenges. Limited to just 12-18 participants, this program provides an intimate learning environment where you can work closely with our world-class faculty and get personalized feedback and coaching.

Format: The High Impact Leadership Development Program takes place in small groups (12-18 participants) in order to enable an intensive examination of the topic as well as discussions and exchange of experiences in a setting that promotes trust.

Didactics: Theoretical content, group dynamic exercises (indoor as well as with a light outdoor character), case studies, simulations, collegial case consultation (for working with your own leadership challenges), reflections and discussions.

Language: The Leadership Retreat will be held in English or German (for Details please check out our time schedules)

Venue: Seminar hotels in the surroundings of Vienna

Participation Fee: The regular participation fee is EUR 5,190.00 (VAT-free, excl. travel and accommodation expenses), -10% Reduction for TU Wien Graduates
Room contingents in the seminar hotels are reserved in advance, we ask you to directly get in touch with the hotel.

Certificate: Certificate of participation from TU Wien or certificate for 12 ECTS credits with possibility of crediting to the when writing a reflection paper.

Requirement for participation: Please register via our online form, opens an external URL in a new window. A short individual consultation with the program manager is also a necessity for participation.

Your Key Learnings 

Develop and strengthen your  role of manager by mastering the three value chains 'EEE':

  • Execution: Focus on strategic important issues
  • Engagement: motivating employees, using and promoting their potential
  • Enhancement: providing impetus for further development and influencing transformation processes (employee and organizational level)

One training block with training days for a whole week, full day (09.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m.) in English:

  • Sunday, April 7, 2024 - Sunday, April 14, 2024


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We address (prospective) executives and managers of all levels who want to deal intensively with the topics of leadership and management.

People from all levels of the company will benefit equally from the intensive exchange with each other and the experiential learning in the High Impact Leadership Development Program.

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Personal Reports

Our participants have recorded their experiences for you.

[Translate to English:] Leadership Impression

Three times three days Leadership Retreat. That's the start of my MBA journey. After 6 months of lockdown, being on the road again for the first time, in a hotel and meeting new people.

Expectations are high, how will the group behave, will they get along? The weather for the first weekend is predicted to be bad.


After getting to know each other, we are thrown into the deep end - the first of many bridges has to be built. We fail the exercise, but grow as a group. The other weekends are similar. Theory is accompanied by exciting outdoor exercises. Not infrequently we fail. We learn what leadership means in theory and then try to put it into practice right away.

You can see particularly well how much our group has grown together during the voluntary after-work sessions. After an exhausting day, almost all of us actually allow ourselves to be entertained by nuclear energy for another hour and participate in the discussions.

The last weekend shows that even our so harmoniously praised group can show conflicts. As we realize only afterwards, these were deliberately brought about in order to illustrate processes in organizations. Here you can see how valuable good outdoor trainers are.

The three weekends have left their mark on all of us. The subsequent personal reflection was certainly not always easy. To understand where there is potential for improvement, but also what opportunities are now open to us with the newly learned.

Eileen Langegger, August 2021

Leadership Impression

For our cohort, the module "Leadership & Organizational Behavior" was the first module and thus connected with the first acquaintance. This module can also be booked as an independent compact program under the name "High Impact Leadership Development Program" and is available in German and English. Organizationally, the module is divided into three parts (on three dates):

  1. Organizational Behavior & Leadership Basics
  2. Leadership, Teams & Communication
  3. Leadership, Organization & Change


The first two units took place in Tullnerbach and Puchberg am Schneeberg and were held by Univ.Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Güttel, the Dean of the Continuing Education Center (CEC), now TU Wien Academy for Continuing Education (ACE). He was supported by Mag. Markus Stockert, who was responsible for the outdoor units. The third unit was held in Mariazell, led by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Köszegi and accompanied by Rob Hakenberg as outdoor trainer.

The combination of theory and practice, which I already appreciated during my diploma studies at the TU Wien, was also provided here. I particularly liked the combination of outdoor exercises and classroom training. In the course of the exercises, a common frame of reference was created, which could then be discussed. In this way, the knowledge that was to be conveyed was developed in the group and thus remains much better in memory than if it had been taught frontally.

I found it enriching to work on the most diverse tasks with like-minded, motivated colleagues and to build numerous bridges not only in the literal but also in the figurative meaning of the word. Friendships were made and the interaction with each other was always at eye level. The exchange among each other leads to putting one's own views to the test and to questioning one's decisions and one's own leadership style. This supports self-reflection and self-understanding.

It also helps to see that all colleagues face the same challenges regardless of what area they work in.

In this module we have learned to characterize organizations, to understand how they function and also how leaders can influence them. The motivation of individuals as well as the development of effective teams is addressed. The effective approach to change processes is highlighted as well as different HR architectures and basic knowledge about different personality types.

It was a bit of a pity in our group that due to health restrictions often the same people held the leadership position in the outdoor exercises, which deprived the other colleagues of the opportunity to experience this. Perhaps in the future these people could be repeatedly put in the role of observers in order to give several participants the opportunity to receive feedback from the group. Especially in the course of these exercises, one learns an enormous amount about oneself and one's own leadership personality. Although these are abstract situations that have nothing in common with the respective professional environment, these exercises are a valuable opportunity and one should (be able to) use it in any case.

Victoria Mohr, 2021

[Translate to English:] Participants sitting in circle outdoors having lunch

I found our first three (outdoor) seminars on the topics very exciting, both in terms of content and from a higher level perspective.

During my studies at WU, I completed the special "Business and Behavioral Management" and therefore probably had more contact with the topics of the seminars than most of the other participants.

Foto: Claus Drennig & colleagues at the Leadership-Course 2021

Of course, it was particularly exciting at the beginning of the first course, because it was not yet clear who the other participants would be, how the program would run in general, and what my first impression of it would be.

I found Wolfgang Güttel as a lecturer at the first two seminars extremely pleasant, with his book as a preparation for the seminars I had a little more difficulty because of the rather heavy focus on his theories. But the advantage of the seminar was of course the possibility of interaction and the opportunity to ask questions and discuss, accompanied by the outdoor elements, which provided variety and some aha moments.

I also found his somewhat different form of didactics without PowerPoint support extremely pleasant and very pleasingly varied. The group of participants turned out to be relatively young from my perspective, with about four to five others I probably belong to the oldest students. However, this does not detract at all from the seminar, not only the diversity in terms of content, but also the diversity from a personal point of view makes the group exciting, without any major disharmonies having occurred so far.

I found the second seminar in Puchberg am Schneeberg very, very nice, the location was great and the big outdoor game was really great. All of this led to a great group dynamic and everything was always followed by a very precise analysis phase, which made the whole thing complete.

I was particularly excited about the third seminar in Mariazell because, in addition to the location, the lecturers also changed. In my opinion, this brought with it a different atmosphere, although I didn't find it any worse, just different. I really liked the outdoor exercises, especially the giant Leonardo bridge, and at least on one evening I took the time to go for a drink with the others (before that I either had work to do or was too exhausted or had to finish the work for the first seminar), which also supports team building.

In sum, it was great impressions, in any case interesting contents and a great pleasure to meet such exciting people and spend the next few months together. I'm already very excited about the next topics, unfortunately we divide so I think and the outdoor seminars are seemingly over, actually a pity, maybe we will manage to do something similar together again ....

Claus Drennig, August 2021

After a "Corona year" dominated by lockdowns and homeschooling, cooped up at home with
minimal social contact and eternal virtual meetings, I was looking forward like a little kid to
three times three days in the hotel, and was naturally very curious about the professors and
new MBA colleagues.

The first three days at the "Wiener Waldhof" were simply phenomenal. The hidden location in the forest with the view of the green meadow, the group energy full of courtesy and will to discover, have been like a liberating cleansing cure from the stress and discontent that have accumulated over the past months.
The confrontation with the questions; "who am I, why am I here, what are my expectations" have created a trusting atmosphere, where everyone has honestly told their life story and listened attentively with interest to the other (including our guests of honor Alfred Wurmbrand and the house cat).

The combination of Wolfgang and Markus, the theoretical knowledge immediately tried out in practice during the away exercises and afterwards everything carefully analyzed and reflected, were able to satisfy the hunger for knowledge with the right ingredients extensively. "How do I spend my time, what are my priorities and values, how can I motivate myself and my environment" - privately and professionally; in my opinion the most important questions and we had the privilege to analyze and answer them in an extremely inspiring and motivating atmosphere. Because taking stock is the beginning of improvement and this must be done honestly and conscientiously.

Jana Gavril, August 2021


Our lecturers have a scientific background with many years of relevant training experience. They combine theoretical input with a strong focus on practical implementation.

[Translate to English:] Leo Flammer

Leo Flammer is a management consultant with a focus on tactical-strategic consulting and executive coaching in complex situations. He provides his services for executives and teams in "high-performance environments". Before his flying career he was trained with the EKO-Cobra task force. For many years he was in operational service and successfully represented Austria at international competitions as a competitive athlete.

As a security expert and lobbyist he was deployed worldwide. His training took him to Europe, the USA, the Near and Far East. In addition to his lecturing activities with a focus on negotiation management and situation assessment, he is now available to executives from politics and business in difficult decision-making situations in an advisory and discreet manner. Leo Flammer understands adaptive change as a law of nature, and coping with this change is a survival strategy.


[Translate to English:] Yannis Hamdali

Yanis Hamdali is a research associate at the Chair of International Management at the European University Viadrina. His research interests lie in the role of time in organizations. He primarily researches the timing of innovations and the construction of futures in organizations. Yanis Hamdali completed his Master's degree M.Sc. in International Business Administration at the European University Viadrina and Tartu University, Estonia. His research has received awards including the Best Ph.D. Paper Award from the Strategy Practice Interest Group and the Innovation Award from the Mayor of Frankfurt.
Prior to his academic career, Hamdali worked in digital transformation roles at Bayer and was involved in two successful startups. He still advises startups on strategic growth issues and teaches at various universities in Germany with a focus on innovation management and international management.


[Translate to English:] Wolfgang Güttel

Wolfgang H. Güttel is University Professor of Human Resources and Management at the Institute of Management Sciences and Dean of the Academy for Continuing Education (ACE) at the TU Wien. His research is dedicated to the topics Leadership, Strategy & Change Management.

From 2009 to 2020 he was head of the Institute for Leadership and Change Management at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz and also Dean and Co-Managing Director of the LIMAK Austrian Business School at JKU between 2011 and 2015. He previously worked at the Universities of Kassel, Hamburg, Liverpool and Padua as well as at WU Vienna. Prior to his academic career he worked as a management consultant at Daimler-Benz AG, Diebold Management Consulting and has since been the owner of Güttel Management Consulting, Training & Research.


Rupert Hasenzagl has been working since 1998 as an independent management consultant and as a lecturer at various universities and universities of applied sciences on topics including: Group Dynamics, Change Management, Innovation and Technology Management.  From 2010 to 2017, he was a professor of management at AKAD University.

His focus is on leadership training and development, social competence, strategy and organizational consulting, change management and innovation, logistics and supply chain, management, systemic coaching.

Arne Keller is a postdoctoral researcher in the research area of Leadership & Strategy at the Institute of Management Science at the TU Wien. He received a B.Sc. in Business Administration and an M.Sc. in Management & Marketing from Freie Universität Berlin, where he earned a Dr. rer. pol. (Doctor of Economics).

His research interests lie at the intersection of strategic management, organizational theory and innovation management. In particular, he is concerned with the characteristics and dynamics of organizational competencies, strategic responses to technological change, organizational inertia, ambidextry, and the governance of strategic alliances.

[Translate to English:] Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé

Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé is a university assistant (postdoc) at the Leadership & Strategy Research Group at the Institute of Management Science at the TU Wien. As Managing Director, she co-founded the WU Executive Academy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2004 and led the business school over 16 years to become an internationally recognized provider of management and leadership development. Prior to that, she worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.

Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé spent academic research periods at Harvard University (Program On Negotiation), MIT Sloan School of Management (Leaders for Manufacturing Program) and the National University of Singapore (Center of Best Practices). Her teaching and research activities include Online Education & Learning, Leadership Development, and Virtual Teams. She received her PhD in Economics from Johannes Kepler University Linz in cooperation with MIT Sloan School of Management.


[Translate to English:] Sabine Köszegi

Sabine Köszegi has been a professor at the Institute for Management Sciences, opens an external URL in a new window at TU Wien since 2009, where she heads the Department of Labor Science and Organization. She studied business administration at WU Wien and the University of Illinois (USA) and received her PhD in social and economic sciences from the University of Vienna.

She heads the interdisciplinary Doctoral College (DC) on Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots, opens an external URL in a new window and is academic director oft he MBA program Innovation, Digitalization, and Entrepreneurship.

Her research focuses on Social Robotics, New World of Work and Organization and Gender Studies. She is currently working on new information and communication technologies (digitization and robotics) and managing conflicts within and between organizations.

As a member of the High-Level Expert Group on AI of the European Commission, opens an external URL in a new window and Chair of the Austrian Council of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, opens an external URL in a new window Prof. Köszegi is represented on renowned committees.


[Translate to English:] Klaus Niedl

Klaus Niedl studied business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and wrote his dissertation on the subject of "Mobbing at the Workplace". He completed a postgraduate training as a coach and has been working internationally (CEE, SEE) since 1994 as a human resources expert and change manager in the financial services, airline and industry sectors.
He is a board member of an airline and currently as Global Human Resources Director of Novomatic responsible for approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. He also has more than 10 years of restructuring experience in companies in crisis.

Klaus Niedl is Advisor to the Dean of the IEDC School of Management, Bled/Slovenia, University Lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, author of various publications on human resources issues and co-founder and co-chair of the Digital Champions Network (industry network for digitization transformation).


Markus Stockert is a certified mountain and ski guide and has been working as an independent trainer for seminars and workshops in the business sector since 1993. His work focuses on team, communication and leadership development in various fields of work. Since 2002 he has also been working as a systemic supervisor and coach.

High safety standards as a prerequisite for a successful learning process are an integral part of his work as a trainer, as well as a mountain guide. His diverse experiences from more than 20 years of various activities in alpine terrain as well as his experiences in supporting people in their alpine challenges flow into his leadership activities.

The above faculty represent a selection of our lecturers.