In October 2017, twelve Zeppelin University students and alumni spent five days together in the Black Forest investigating how leadership skills can be cultivated through consciously developing one’s own personality. Taking place for the fourth time, the 2017 course was once again organized by the Institute for Philosophy and Leadership of the Jesuit School of Philosophy in Munich in collaboration with the Leadership Excellence Institute | LEIZ and the Karl Schlecht Foundation KSG.
In addition to technical competence, a leader – particularly in top-level positions – needs to have a mature, stable character. Without a high degree of self-reflection, self-awareness, and a personal capacity for critical analysis of existential and ethical questions, no leader will be able to take responsible decisions and provide guidance to others. Learning the art of self-leadership is therefore a key task for anyone wishing to become a top-executive. Consequently, the course focused on critical self-analysis rather than traditional academic teaching.