Finger on the Pulse

Estelle Zanga, full-time M.Sc. student at HHL

Finger on the Pulse: The Leipzig Leadership Model as the Driving Force of HHL’s New Full-Time M.Sc.

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management has always intensively prepared its students for the challenges they face as future executives. It is therefore only logical that the intensive five-year discourse with economy and science on the topic “Re-thinking Leadership“, which peaked in the recently presented Leipzig Leadership Model (LLM) also benefits the students. As of fall 2017, the new full-time M.Sc. curriculum will orient itself to the LLM and therefore serve as a new impulse in management training.

Why do we need the Leipzig Leadership Model?

The Leipzig Leadership Model reacts to new challenges for leaders in a world that is increasingly complex. This is where the LLM with its four dimensions of purpose, effectiveness, responsibility and entrepreneurial spirit comes in, however leaving enough space for interpretation and implementation. The model should be seen as a compass for better focusing on one’s own target achievement. It allows good leadership to strive for a value proposition that includes the interest of individuals and the organization, and also does not lose sight of society.

The purpose and therefore the question about the “why” is clearly at the center. “To be successful as a manager I have to be aware on a psychological and entrepreneurial level of what I would like to achieve. This is the starting point and the driving force of all actions and should inspire others,” says Patrick Echle, full-time M.Sc. student. Together with his co-students Patrick Echle analyzed leadership approaches of other business schools as well as best-practice examples and derived improvement potentials and development possibilities for the LLM. “Traditional management models are too limited – that’s why I am very grateful for the Leipzig leadership Model” sums up Prof. Dr. Klaus M. Leisinger, Sociologist and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Novartis Foundation.

What exactly does the reorganization of the program mean?

The core modules of the program will be oriented to the dimensions of the new Leadership Model. In two other core modules of the curriculum, conflicts and potentials between the different dimensions of the model will be identified, and established approaches critically examined. Additional elective modules provide students with the opportunity to prepare for practical challenges by looking into these subjects with the necessary theoretical depth. “Interdisciplinarity and the critical examination of scientific content are competencies which will be stronger facilitated with the new M.Sc. program,” emphasizes Prof. Dr. Henning Zülch, Academic Director of the M.Sc. Program. The added value from the academic contribution of the LLM will become apparent during the course through practical implementation, group discussions and work with case studies. The Master thesis completes the program.

Estelle Zanga, full-time M.Sc. student at HHL, sees the LLM imbedded in the program on many levels: on the one hand, in the classical teaching which sharpens the view of current and future mega trends, and on the other hand due to the stay abroad and the internship which will remain a fixed component of the full-time M.Sc. The LLM can therefore be directly implemented in real life and one’s own network and perspective can benefit from the exchange with others.

Patrick Echle is sure that “the Leipzig leadership Model provides the M.Sc. with a modern and structured framework and makes leadership clearer. The program remains diversified despite its reorganization and its orientation to the model. ” This will be achieved by a clearly integrated general management approach with the possibility to specialize in selected fields. The model places particular value on the close connection between research and practice as well as the international orientation. HHL makes its students fit for the future with its Leipzig Leadership Model by teaching new demands on the management of organizations as well as new scientific methods in research and teaching.


Advantages of the new full-time M.Sc. curriculum

  • Critical debate on questions of leadership during the entire M.Sc. program
  • Discover responsibility and entrepreneurial spirit interdisciplinarily in different specialized classes
  • Acquisition of tools for effective company leadership
  • More time on the HHL campus to deepen theoretical and practical knowledge
  • Specialization (through elective modules)
  • Temporal flexibility for the term abroad and internships


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Lis Schulz
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