Women’s Leadership Master Course, February 5-10, 2017, The Austrian Study Centre, Peace Castle Schlaining, Austria

Publish Date: Oct 26, 2016

Deadline: Nov 15, 2016


“Transformation requires a mindset change where leaders know they have personal power which they can access to solve problems”.Carole Wainaina, Assistant Secretary General HM for the UN

Today’s leaders must be prepared to anticipate, analyze and address complex challenges involving multiple stakeholders as efficiently and effectively as possible. They need a special set of skills and capacities that will enable them to put effective leadership into practice. Navigating through the tensions and ambiguities that characterize today’s workplace demands an adaptive mindset and solid leadership decision making skills. The goal of this leading-edge Leadership Master Course is to empower senior- and mid-level female managers and leaders in their pursuit of dynamic and thoughtful leadership, career advancement and self-fulfilment. Critical skills in self-leadership will be developed in confronting difficulties and taking decisions across a wide range of contexts and circumstances.

Conducted in English, the course serves a picculturally diverse audience. Methods used are grounded in theory (e.g., Otto Scharmer, MIT; Robert Kegan, Ronald Heifetz and Kurt Fischer, Harvard University) yet are thoroughly experiential and culture-neutral. The course is gender-neutral and takes place in a generative space exclusively for women. The focus is on two fundamental aspects of effective leadership: Firstly, participants are taught how to identify and integrate their individual hidden patterns and reactive tendencies underlying their unconscious and automatic biases and assumptions. These limitations tend to hamper the success and positive impact of their goals and achievements. Secondly, from this vantage point, adaptive skills in leadership decision-making are built and strengthened.

This training consists of several integrated parts:

  • A tailored online assessment that focuses on Leadership Decision Making Skills (LDMA) prior to the on-site course.
  • A personalized debrief (online) with the trainers and a joint elaboration of learning and development goals and next steps.
  • A 5-day on-site intensive course on
    overcoming limitations inherent in the job linked to competence, perception, gender or culture
    -furthering skills and capacities that enable skillful leadership decision making processes
    -strengthening the ability to take, seek and coordinate perspectives, contextual thinking, and complexity management
    -turning reactive tendencies into creative ones
  • A personalized learning & development road map and coaching session (online) after the course.

Desired impact

Trainers will help each participant to build her ability to identify and transform major reactive patterns and tendencies and to generate clarity and calm, giving rise to a profound sense of self. Participants will learn how to identify, consider, seek and coordinate a variety of perspectives, and work with contextual thinking and complexity management. They will strengthen their skills in leading people, decision making, reducing reactive tendencies and enabling themselves to thrive in the workplace. Through state-of-the-art tools and greater self-awareness, participants will be better equipped to tackle leadership challenges with ease and confidence. Participants will be part of a growing community of practitioners and a peer support network among UN and international professionals.

Lectica: The LDMA

Trainers work with the Lectica Decision Making Assessment (LDMA), a leading-edge measurement instrument that accurately assesses decision-making skills along six dimensions: (1) cognitive complexity, (2) perspective taking, seeking, and coordination, (3) collaborative capacity, (4) contextual thinking, (5) decision-making process, and (6) coherence. The online assessment will be tailored to the managerial setting and responsibilities of each participant, who will analyze, from different angles, a common dilemma in the workplace involving conflicting interests. The end result is a customized report that, combined with reflections and a debriefing, is expected to lead to individualized learning practices to bridge the complexity gap. Assessment results and identified training needs will form part of the course curricula.


Anne Caspari and Johann Entz-von Zerssen have each more than 15 years of experience working with personal transformation, coaching and Organizational Development worldwide. Anne works with innovative adult development methods. She has taught at several universities, including Rome University “La Sapienza” and the European School of Economics. Johann, with 15 years of corporate leadership experience, works as faculty and leadership trainer for the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and the University of Munich, for individuals, groups and numerous organizations at all levels of leadership. They joined forces in 2014 to bring personal leadership training to the next level. Both are accredited in a variety of leadership and coaching methods, including CTI Coaches Training Institute, Hogan Assessments, Process Communication Model (Kahler), The Leadership Circle 360˚, Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching Certified (ORSC), and Lectica.trainers

Course Director

Blanka Bellak is Director of the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), a UNESCO award-winning training and research institute on non-violent resolution of conflicts. With more than 15 years of management experience in international development and in the UN System, Blanka is passionate about supporting individuals and organizations in their efforts to develop their leadership skills.

Key Note

Carole Wainaina, Assistant Secretary-General of HR for the UN will hold a key note at the beginning of the course.

Sustainable Development Goals

Advancing women’s leadership is critically important for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, with many targets specifically recognizing women’s equality and empowerment as both the objective, and as part of the solution.


For information on registration, please contact Blanka Bellak at bellak@aspr.ac.at or register here.
For content information and course details, please contact Anne Caspari at
anne.caspari@ezc.partners. Download the course flyer here.

Course Details

February 5 – 10, 2017, Peace Castle Schlaining, Austria Nearest airport Vienna. Transport from and to the airport can be arranged.
Costs: € 3300, – plus VAT. Costs include the LDMA setup conversations, assessment costs, individual debrief; 5 days intensive training and one individual coaching session after the training. NB: This is a special discounted price for this pilot.
Accommodation and full board at the Castle Schlaining Hotel are not included: € 90, – per person per night


The Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, a partner of the UN, promotes strategies for non-violent resolution of conflicts.

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