Academy “Leadership and Personality” for High Potentials

In cooperation with the Karl Schlecht Foundation, we regularly organize a one-week academy for young people between the ages of 23 and 29 who want to prepare themselves intensively for a future career as a manager. You can apply for a scholarship to participate. However, the course is held in german.

“Actually, I’m quite different. I just get to do it so rarely.”

Ödon von Horvath

With our academies, we are responding to a pressing problem in the education of talented young adults who will aspire to upper management positions, found a start-up or take over a family business: Technical knowledge, also in the area of management and business leadership, is taught at universities, but the training of the competence to lead people is clearly neglected. This competence presupposes to mature in one’s personality, to lead oneself and to be able to give oneself orientation in existential questions of life.

Within the framework of the Academy, you will become familiar with the contents, methods and exercises that the philosophical tradition and the Jesuit Order have developed in its more than 450-year history in order to train young people for leadership positions. The focus of the Academy is on your individual process. There are no papers or lectures given at the Academy, not even on the topic of leadership. Rather, the daily content inputs provide you with methods to become more sensitive to yourself in times of silence and meditation that characterize the days – in order to then learn to lead yourself and work out orientation.

Because we are convinced that, in addition to all professional competence, a leader – especially in top positions – needs a mature, stable character. Without a high degree of self-reflection, self-awareness and the ability to deal personally with existential questions, no leader will be able to make responsible decisions and provide orientation for others. Learning to lead oneself is therefore one of the great challenges for anyone who wants to be a leader in a top position.

The academies are therefore aimed at young adults who are prepared to spend an intensive period of time looking at themselves. This process is supplemented by discussions with top leaders from business, politics and culture.

Our guests

At each academy, we are visited by two or three guests who, in a confidential conversation, do not talk about their company but about how they, as people, manage to lead a life in top positions in business, culture or politics without losing themselves in the process. The names of the guests will be announced in due time.

The Summer Academy is generously sponsored by the Karl Schlecht Foundation, so that up to twelve scholarships can be offered. All discussion guests work on a pro-bono basis. .

Next dates:

September 24-30, 2022 (Summer Academy)


You can apply to participate in the Academy until July 30, 2022, if you….

  • are between 23 and 29 years old and your german is fluit;
  • are aiming for an upper management position in a company, if you have founded a start-up, or if succession in the management of a family business is a possibility for you;
  • are willing to engage in an intense personal reflection.