Programme overview

Would you like to be promoted next year? Are you looking for a new challenge with more responsibility or a broader sphere of influence? Are you a manager or specialist or have you been identified as a young talent?

The Aiming Higher Young Professional Leadership Programme is the ideal continuing education for HSG Alumni in management positions who would like to prepare for the next career step and acquire the skills necessary to take on a more senior role.

This programme consists of 7 modules spread over a 7-10-weeks period. Each module consists of a live half-day online session as well as self-paced learning elements. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours each week for individual or group learning activities in addition to the live sessions.

All lecturers utilize a variety of methods to ensure a high level of customized learning. These include a personality inventory (Hogan) with individual expert feedback, video-based preparation assignments, follow-up learning activities as well as in-class exercises and group discussions.

The programme concludes with a reunion in St. Gallen 6 months later to give participants and alumnae the opportunity to receive additional inspiration and grow their personal network.

The course language is English, but participants can opt to complete the personality inventory in German or other languages upon request.


Develop your potential and prepare for your future today!

Next step

Are you interested in this programme? You have the opportunity to visit an info event to find out if this executive education fits you and your career planning:


Learn more about the programme in a personal conversation.

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Anne-Christine Müri Programme Manager Open Programmes

Target Audience

This programme is right for you if you

  • are a HSG alumni
  • have a minimum of 5 years of working experience
  • are in a management position
  • want to discover and develop your leadership potential
  • desire to acquire skills for success in more senior roles
  • like to receive expert advice and inspiration for writing the next chapter of your story

Application criteria

Participants should have a university degree or an equivalent educational certificate and professional experience. Please contact programme head for more information. The number of places is limited.

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Your Benefit

  • Strengthen your leadership competencies, personal impact and negotiation skills.
  • Receive personalised expert advice for your continued development.
  • Expand your network and learn from other leaders with various backgrounds.
  • Create a personal plan for your next career step.
  • Further your education from the convenience of your home or office.

As a participant, you will

The Aiming Higher Young Professional Leadership Programme is a highly personalized and interactive online learning experience with lasting impact. This includes:

  • building your personal network through in-depth interactions with other leaders,
  • receiving expert guidance for mapping out a plan for your next career step.

Structure & Modules

Thursday, 19 September 2023
17:00 – 19:00

In the kick-off, you will get to know your fellow participants, get a sense about what is important to being a leader in today’s ever-changing world, and understand what you can expect from the journey you are embarking on.

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Christoph Nettesheim, BCG Senior Partner Emeritus, Top executive coach

Friday, 29 September 2023
8:30 – 21:00

In this session you will learn about various leadership styles based on emotional intelligence using interactive case discussions. You will discover the role of leaders in shaping organisational culture and understand the interdependence between company values and organisation design. Finally, you will discuss the importance of role model behaviour and reflect on the kind of leader you want to be.  

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Amanda Shantz, PhD, Professor of Management and MBA Director at the University of St. Gallen

Thursday, 12 October 2023
8:30 – 12:30

Based on your personal results of the Hogan personality inventory, you will discover more about your own personal leadership style. You will identify individual strengths and development potential and receive inspiration for integrating best practices into your own leadership style.

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Nicole Neubauer, Managing Director, metaberatung GmbH

Thursday, 19 October 2023
8:30 – 12:30

Becoming an effective leader starts with maintaining good self-leadership skills. This includes departing from perfectionism or unrealistic ideals, reflecting on your personal needs, motivations and resources, and developing new strategies for sustainable well-being.

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Dr. Maximilian Strecker, keynote speaker and executive coach on the topics of leadership, motivation, and self-management

Thursday, 26 October 2023
8:30 – 12:30

In this session you will engage in interactive discussions and action learning sequences around the topic of how to motivate your team. Particular focus will be given to the topic of psychological safety- why it is the number one success factor for high-performing teams and how to foster it as a team leader.

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Dr. Anna-Christina Leisin, coach for top executives and teams on the topics of leadership, psychological safety, and high performance

Thursday, 2 November 2023
8:30 – 12:30

Negotiating successfully in challenging situations is a skill that can help you advance both professionally and personally. In these two interactive modules, you will learn proven methods of conducting negotiations according to the Harvard principle. You will be able to focus on the interests of your counterpart and find constructive solutions in conflict situations without losing sight of your own goals.

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Catherine Mehrtens, Principal at Egger Philips and international negotiation consultant and trainer

Thursday, 9 November 2023
9:00 – 13:00

Moving into senior leadership roles requires a deep understanding of how decisions are being made at the very top of the company. This module will focus on the ultimate corporate decision makers, i.e. the executive committee and the board of directors, and explore key dilemmas and dynamics in the C-suite and boardroom. A strong awareness of the challenges and expectations facing your boss’s boss will not only help you anticipate and make sense of major corporate decisions but it will also increase your chances of getting shortlisted for an executive track early in your career.

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Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann, Head of C-Level and Board Programmes at University of St.Gallen

Thursday, 9 November 2023
14:00 – 18:00

Be the author of your own career success story! In this final module, you will learn how to actively chart your journey and continue to grow your capabilities as a leader. You will get inspired by a successful leader telling his story – and by your fellow participants and their journeys.

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Christoph Nettesheim, BCG Senior Partner Emeritus, Top executive coach

In 2024, participants will reconvene for a special reunion in St. Gallen with the entire Aiming Higher – Young Professional Leadership alumnae community to further cultivate their network.

Meet our Faculty


Info Event Aiming Higher - Young Professional Leadership Programme

Monday, 19.06.2023
17:00 - 17:45

Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG – your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

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