Johannes Lober

Johannes Lober is managing director and founder of the Institute for Philosophy and Leadership. He offers consulting, coaching and training for senior executives of large medium-sized companies, corporations and public institutions such as the BMW Group, ThyssenKrupp AG, the SPIEGEL Group and the Bavarian State Chancellery.

Lober studied philosophy in Munich and London. At the University of London he received his Master of Art in philosophy. Later, he completed an Executive MBA program. He has been trained as a meditation teacher and spiritual director in the contemplative tradition of the Jesuit Order for more than ten years. The focus of his research lies in the Self-Determination theory by Edward Decy and Richard Ryan and a philosophical concept of authenticity. At the Munich School of Philosophy, he teaches leadership ethics, leadership skills, and meditation. He writes about his research in the field of psychology and philosophy on personal and existential issues in leadership for various media, including WirtschaftsWoche.



“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

Marcus Aurelius (Philosopher and Roman emperor)

Johannes Lober accompanies the 1-week academies Akademien “Leadership and Personality” as well as the Intensivseminar für Professionals.

In addition, he offers various advanced training formats for people in upper management positions, such as:

  • Advanced training course for BMW Group divisional managers
  • Theme evening “Self-leadership” for senior executives of the SPIEGEL Group
  • Workshop for senior executives of the Bavarian State Chancellery and other ministries
  • Intercultural workshop on ‘Values’ for WACKER Chemie AG


A selection of his projects for non-profit organizations, think tanks, associations, etc.:

  • Baden-Badener Unternehmergespräche e.V.
  • German Society for Medical Rehabilitation e. V.
  • Institute for the Promotion of Young Journalists e. V.
  • Munich Social Court
  • Bavarian Elite Academy Foundation
  • UnternehmerTUM
  • Karlsruher Institute for Technology