Are you about to lead a team for the very first time and want a successful start?

Do you want to be more self-confident in your first leadership role?

Do you want to gain practical leadership skills enabling you to work effectively with your new team from day 1?

The Leadership Foundation Programme is here to support you!

You feel excited to lead a team for the first time in your international work environment and at the same time feel insecure and doubtful about the responsibility that comes with leading people? 
If you’d like to get a solid foundation at the start of your first leadership role with a group of like-minded peers and a team coach, continue reading!
Because NOW is the time to set up your leadership groundwork appropriately…
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Does this sound familiar?

“I feel determined and have high expectations of myself to get “the leadership thing” right, but don’t know where to start?”
“I am aware that being a leader requires me to move from being an achiever in one area of expertise to being a role model and generalist – and I don’t know how I can really work on this mindset change?”
“I feel challenged as I’ve been a team member before and am now going to be the boss of my former colleagues who are also more experienced than me!”
“I feel accountable for myself when it comes to my development as leader. My organization has a leadership training where I got a slot, but only much later. I will, however, take over my team in the next two months and need practical support NOW!”

If one or more of the challenges above fits your situation and you want to do something about it, you are in the right place!


• You feel more self-confident and are ready to master the challenge of effectively leading a team for the first time
• You concretely develop your practical skills in the area of leadership and team development – e.g. you handle the first contact with your team members easily
• You know what motivates your team members and know how you can positively impact your team’s culture
• You don’t feel alone in the challenge anymore as you are strongly supported by a network of other first-time leader peers with similar challenges

The Leadership Foundation Programme is an interactive online coaching programme for first-time leaders, who believe that setting the foundation right, is the starting point for team success!

It includes practical content via live online video-calls, a virtual community exchange with peers and individual coaching sessions.

It’s as consultant for team-and organisational development that I, Katrin Grunwald, come into play. Having worked many years in the area of leadership development as team development consultant in a large multinational cooperation across different countries in Europe, I have seen quite a few teams succeed but also fail. One thing that I noticed was always the large impact that the leader with his/her behaviour had on the team’s success – both positively and negatively. 
I believe that it’s essential to invest in leadership skills from the beginning and would like to support you during the transition phase!
My leadership experience is based on working closely with more than 50 team leaders across different countries and companies in team development processes and 1:1 coaching. In addition, I have served as leader myself for several project teams and employee networks during my corporate career as well as a volunteer in civil society organisations.
“Katrin’s flexibility of mind and her energy are a wonder. Working with her in a coaching process, I experienced how problems dissolve, opportunities appear. Her instinct for group dynamics opened up new ways of seeing and her pragmatism set me on my way, one step at a time.” – Lea N.
“When working with Katrin, I was always impressed about the level of energy and positivity she is showing even in highly challenging situations and changing environments. I would especially promote Katrin when it comes to work with individuals or teams that could benefit and learn from a more open and embracing mindset towards change.” – Oliver R.

The Leadership Foundation Programme – what’s in it for you?


1,5 hour online video calls with a team coach and a small group of 6 peers with practical inputs and material on leadership topics that are most relevant for the start of your leadership role


Peer coaching in the video-calls enabling you to learn and get feedback from each other. 

Exchange with each other in an online community between the video-calls


Individual one-hour coaching sessions dedicated to your concrete team situation, work environment and challenges you encounter with a team coach via video-call

How will the content practically support to successfully start your first leadership role?

The Leadership Foundation Programme actually starts the month before you start your first leadership role. This set-up enables you to feel self-assured from day one as a leader: 
Module 1:
• Kick-off & getting to know each other
• Starting with yourself: Gain more self-awareness about your leadership style through a personality assessment
 Module 2: 
• Leadership styles – Explore leadership styles, their implication for your team situation as well as successful leadership behaviours in the digital age
• Branding – Work on your branding as a leader: what are the values that you stand for and want to convey to your team from the beginning?
 Module 3:
• Mindset – Learn how you can move from an expert mindset to a generalist & strategic mindset as a leader and how this comes along with managing expectations – both upwards and towards your team!
• Starter kit for day 1 – how to best interact with different stakeholders before & how to present yourself to the team
 Module 4: 
• Starter Kit for the first weeks – Receive a concrete starter kit for the first weeks as a leader on how to:
– have one-to-one exchanges with your team members 
– run your first team development workshop
Module 5:
• Creating a team culture – Become more knowledgeable in the area of team development: what are the phases of team development, unwritten team rules, learn how to understand the motivations of your team members, etc.
Module 6:
• Trust & Empowerment – Exchange with peers on the topic of trust and empowering your team, on what “really letting go” means in terms of delegation and what you can do yourself to create a trusting spirit in your team!
Module 7:
• Developing your team members – how to run development conversations with your team members, communicate in general and establish an atmosphere of learning and well-being in your team 
Module 8:
• Conflict – Be more comfortable to address conflict situations by learning impactful feedback techniques
Module 9:
• Bonus session where participants can choose the topic and/or a senior guest speaker is invited
• Wrap-up and evaluation of the programme

Additional learning experiences and benefits:

• Through the digital learning experience (via the tools Zoom and Slack), there are no travel costs and there is no special equipment needed, but still a high-quality modern way of learning offered
• Each module will include  
 – a hand-out giving you checklists, relevant articles, etc. at hand
 – homework to try out skills learned in the online programme in the real world
• You develop your own coaching skills in peer coaching techniques
• The programme starts several times a year – offering you the right support at the right time when you need it
• A confidential atmosphere is established and also non-disclosure agreements signed, enabling you to share comfortably about your individual situation
• You can enlarge your network of international leaders from an interesting variety of organisations, where you can support each other as sparring partner during the video calls as well as in between on Slack – and maybe even beyond at a live meeting!

Your investment in your leadership success

The Leadership Foundation Programme offers the participants
– Modules of 1,5 hours each in an exclusive circle of just 6 participants per cohort
– Individual one-hour coaching sessions with Katrin 
– Interaction and feedback via the community of peers
… and handouts plus homework – trying out leanings in the daily working life!

Starter programme

• Duration: 2 months
• Content: 6 modules (1-6)
• Coaching: 1 session
• Community: on-going feedback & interaction via online collaboration tool


• Self-awareness on your personality and leadership style
• Ability to effectively establish a good first contact with your team
• Network with other first-time leaders
• Feeling more self-confident about being a leader!

In-depth programme

• Duration: 4 months
• Content: 9 modules
• Coaching: 3 sessions
• Community: on-going feedback & interaction via online collaboration tool


• Results from the Starter programme AND
• Ability to deploy practical skills for employee development and handling of conflicts
• Self-confidence around your specific challenges through individual coaching over longer time

Full programme

 Duration: 12 months
• Content: 15 modules Coaching: 10 sessions
• Community: on-going feedback & interaction via online collaboration tool


• Results from the In-depth programme AND
• Practical skills in further topics such as change management, hiring people, diversity in the team, remote teams, focus on your and your team’s health, etc.
• Full trust in your abilities as leader

*plus VAT depending on your country.

How to join!

Leadership Foundation Programme

In order to apply for this highly selective programme offering only 6 places in one cohort, you can fill in the application form. If your application fits with the criteria above, you will be invited to a 30-min discovery video-call with Katrin. Here you can get to know each other, see if/how the programme is the right support for you, define your development objectives and clarify open questions you might have.

The next batch of the Leadership Foundation Programme is starting on October 7th!

For whom is this programme right?

• People who are appointed to take the leadership of a team in an international work environment for the first time in the upcoming months 
• People who are keen on self-development and ok with openly sharing and reflecting with others, maybe also about mistakes they made
• People used to working in English and who feel comfortable sharing about their own experiences in English
• People able to dedicate time alongside their busy work schedules to invest in themselves becoming good leaders right from the start

For whom is it not right?

• If you have already been leading a team for a long time 
• If you are not so keen on self-reflection and learning 


Each week you must be ready to engage around 2-3 hours for the Starter and In-depth Leadership Programme. 
Later, in the Full Leadership Foundation Programme, the sessions are spread on a monthly/bi-monthly basis, giving you enough time to put the learnings into practice and gain your own experience over time.
After the first module you still have the opportunity to exit the programme paying only for the first module.  
I think it’s great that you take the time and money to develop yourself! A discount of 10% for private payers and very small companies is granted. Contact Katrin for that.
The video-calls for the next batch will start on October 7th. The video-calls are on Monday evenings from 19:00-21:00 CET on the following dates: 14.10., 21.10., 28.10., 11.11., 25.11., 02.12., 16.12. and 13.01. for the In-depth programme.
For the Starter programme it would be then the first 6 sessions only. But in any case the In-depth programme is highly recommended as it supports you in the first three months of your leadership experience! Allowing for more time for you to make experiences in your daily working life and reflecting them afterwards in the programme.
Each video-call module lasts 2 hours and consists of:
  • Introduction
  • Content input 
  • Exchange about the participants’ topics/peer coaching
  • Wrap-up and actions for experiential learning between the modules
You can choose your own slot via a date booking tool. 
You can book additional sessions for 200€/hour.
The video calls are live, with everyone participating with their cameras. Instructions on how to set up Zoom will be sent (it’s very easy!).
They will be recorded so in case you miss one, you can watch it afterwards. 
Great that you are already thinking ahead and want to dedicate time to continuous learning! There is the opportunity to switch to the longer programmes. 
There will also be a yearly physical event in Munich, Germany for several cohorts of the programme where you have the chance to meet each other face to face.
Yes, it’s possible to individually design the modules adapted to your company’s leadership model, competencies & business situation. Plus to run it on your company collaboration tool.  Get in touch for corporate rates via and we can exchange about it.

Fill in the application form for the next batch starting October 7th

Signing up by September 22nd will guarantee you the early bird offer!