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Leadership under Pressure

Leadership Under Pressure

Executive education program in English

Leadership Under Pressure (LUP.14)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 2. - 4. Dec 2024
7,200 €

Leadership Under Pressure (LUP.15)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 1. - 3. Dec 2025
7,200 €

How to deal with complex leadership situations

With corporations facing ever increasing economic, geopolitical, and ecological pressures, there is constant confrontation with new dynamics and risks. This environment calls for a distinctive set of skills that enables managers to identify the sources of volatile situations, evaluate them rapidly, and act effectively.  

Leadership Under Pressure will show you how to acquire these skills and confidently apply them in a productive manner. You will:   

  • learn from high-reliability organizations, such as those in the military, aviation, and healthcare sectors, about how to successfully handle high-pressure situations  

  • understand the importance of coping with error  

  • develop methods for cultivating personal and corporate resilience  

  • discover means to communicate constructively under stress  

 As part of the program, you will practice your newly gained skills and insights in flight simulators of Lufthansa Aviation Training with coaching by Lufthansa pilots in a group of 16 participants, maximum.  

Leadership Under Pressure (LUP.14)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 2. - 4. Dec 2024
7,200 €

Leadership Under Pressure (LUP.15)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 1. - 3. Dec 2025
7,200 €
Image of program director Jan Hagen
collage image of participants of LUP program in the flight simulator
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Jan U. Hagen, Professor of Management Practice, ESMT Berlin

The program features exercises in a flight simulator under the supervision of Lufthansa pilots.

Learn to lead in high pressure situations

Gain new leadership experience from the cockpit of a flight simulator

Error Management at ESMT

The latest ESMT faculty research in error management

Error Management

Error Management: The Missing Factor in Today's Organizations

Your profile

  • You are an executives preparing for critical leadership scenarios who wishes to improve your decision-making skills

  • You are looking for an in-depth understanding of how to act and succeed in high-pressure situations 

  • The program is limited to 16 participants.


  • Gain insights into the decision-making processes of teams in high-reliability organization and learn how they deal with dynamic and ambiguous situations   

  • Understand the significance of psychological safety and how to establish this in your team/group  

  • Strengthen your resilience and ability to effectively handle uncertainty and stress  

  • Work with Lufthansa pilots in a flight simulator to test your newly gained proficiency in managing high-pressure situations and communicating constructively  


  • The importance and prerequisites of psychological safety  

  • Enhancing decision-making processes when faced with complex challenges  

  • How to maintain control in dynamic and fluid environments  

  • How to manage communication in critical situations  

  • Strengthening personal and group/team resilience  


Why choose ESMT?

  • ESMT Berlin is consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in Europe for executive education
  • This program can be taken as part of a post-graduate diploma in management
  • Diverse classes, interactive exercises and renowned faculty
  • Get hands-on experience in a high-pressure environment and put your new skills to the test in a flight simulator




This was an outstanding program. I have never seen a program with such a diverse and appropriate mix of methods. It provided deep insights into key aspects of leadership in crisis situations.

Stefanie Lawson, Human Resources Global Business Partner, Deutsche Bank

The training provided me with a completely new and different perspective towards leadership – learn how to fly and you will know how to lead.

Rico Foerster, Allianz SE
Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Participate in multiple programs and earn ESMT's postgraduate diploma in management — a university-level certificate that formally recognizes your professional development.

Your program advisor

Your program advisor

​​​​​​​Beatrix Becker
Head of Business Development, ESMT Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231 6205

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Meet our teaching staff

The programs have been 
designed – and will be led –
by ESMT faculty members 
and ESMT visiting faculty. 
They will also guide and 
advise you throughout 
your studies.

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