Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Leading Yourself and Others in a Virtual World (Wintersemester 2021/2022)

Lecturer: Karsten Drath

General Information

  • Weekly Hours: 2
  • Credits: 3
  • Graded: yes
  • Enrolment Deadline: 01.10.2021 - 22.10.2021
  • Teaching Form: Seminar
  • Enrolment Type: Compulsory Module
  • Course Language: English
  • Maximum number of participants: 30

Programs & Modules

Cybersecurity MA
Digital Health MA
Data Engineering MA
  • Management und Leitung
IT-Systems Engineering MA



Informationen im Hinblick auf die aktuelle Corona-Krise: Für die Veranstaltung ist ein Präsenzformat geplant. Sollte die Lage eine Umstellung auf ein virtuelles Format erfordern, informieren wir Sie reichtzeitig. (Stand: 28.9.2021)

1. Leading Self

  • Leading Self
  • How does Resilience work?
  • Risk- and Protective Factors
  • Victim- or Shaper mode
  • Interview “Leaders Talk”
  • My development plan

2. Leading Others

  • Management vs. Leadership
  • Six Leadership Styles by Daniel Goleman
  • Self Assessment: My leadership signature
  • How leaders grow
  • Interview “Leaders Talk”
  • My development plan

3. Leading Virtually

  • Leading virtual teams
  • Success factors
  • Self-Assessment Leading Virtually
  • Interview “Leaders Talk”
  • Virtual Inspiration Challenge
  • My development plan





Part 1: Leading Self
• Corona and Resilience; Karsten Drath & Petra Lewe
• Podcast “Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders” Jennifer Tejada “Resilience is Everything” https://ecorner.stanford.edu/videos/resilience-is-everything/

Part 2: Leading Others
• From Transactional to Transformational Leadership; Bernard M. Bass
• Leadership That Gets Results; Daniel Goleman
• How to become a better Leader; Ginka Toegel and Jean-Louis Barsourx
• Seven Transformations of Leadership; David Rooke, William R.Torbert

Part 3: Leading Virtually
• HBR; The Secrets of Great Teamwork; Martine Haas and Mark Mortensen
• HBR; 5 Questions That (Newly) Virtual Leaders Should Ask Themselves; Melissa Raffoni
• HBR; Getting Virtual Teams Right; Keith Ferrazzi
• BBC; The reason Zoom calls drain your energy; Manyu Jiang
• Business Insider; Google found 3 ways to improve employee collaboration and productivity while working virtually; Betsy Mikel
• McKinsey & Company; Revisiting agile teams after an abrupt shift to remote; Santiago Comella-Dorda et al.
• HBR Podcast; Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace; Amy Edmondson


  • Input
  • Class discussions
  • Group work with class presentation
  • Self-reflection
  • Interviews with guests via zoom followed by Q&A
  • Debriefing self-assessment
  • Application of concepts


Due 14 days after end of course:
• Hand in hand-written reflection journal (structured course handout with guiding questions)
• Structured essay: “My Development Plan”

• Class participation (20%)
• Reflection Journal (30%)
• My Development Plan (50%)


15.03.2022, Beginn: 10:00 Uhr

16.03.2022, Beginn: 09:00 Uhr

17.03.2022, Beginn: 09:00 Uhr

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