A total of 16 HHL students have started the HHL “New Leipzig Talents” coaching program. During the kick-off event, they met the coaches who will accompany them for the next six months, helping them to develop their abilities, for the first time. The personal coaching sessions are as individual as the participants themselves. Based on a competency profile, the participants determine their personal learning fields to map out questions relevant to the coaching process, such as; Who am I as a person and how am I perceived by others? How do I establish relationships of trust? How do I act in a self-organized way and implement innovative solutions?
The individual coaching sessions to promote “New Leipzig Talents” represent an additional program by HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in cooperation with XING AG and Dr. Arend Oetker.
This current program is the third edition. It is organized by HHL’s Career Services in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Timo Meynhardt’s Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership. Dr. Arend Oetker himself is among the HHL coaches, like Xenia Meuser, Vice President of Human Resources at XING AG, or Father Dr. Dr. Justin C. Pech: The HHL alumnus and monk currently serves as an economist in Stiepel (Bochum) monastery, where he also leads the Institute of Leadership Ethics.
Over the next six months, the selected HHL students will meet their respective coaches from the partner companies for a personal exchange. “I can tell that indeed the most talented candidates are chosen for the New Leipzig Talents program by the fact that I learn almost as much from them as they do from me,” sums up Daniel Krieg, CEO of the advertising company KSP Krieg Schlupp Partner Werbeagentur AG. The coachees meet not only their coaches for the first time at the kick-off event but also previous participants.
The last round was described as an intensive and insightful time, as emphasized by HHL student Oliver Thieme-Garmann, who says, “The New Leipzig Talent program presented me with an amazing opportunity to reflect upon my own experiences and examine them from a new perspective. Together with my coach, I worked on my personal development towards becoming an executive. Moreover, I was able to get to know a fascinating person and conclude a friendship which, hopefully, will last a long time.”
Clemens Böldt from the Full-Time Master of Science in General Management comments, “The NLT program paired me with a wonderful coach with whom I was able to further develop my leadership competencies and get out of my comfort zone.”