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Tailored Leadership

Inspire with Purpose

Organizations are dealing more and more with rapid changes and complex challenges. The way we work is changing, and the importance of our networks is even more significant. Therefore, leaders need new skills to cope in the increasing complexity and uncertainty. They need to apply a more purpose-driven approach to leadership, how to motivate and engage not only people but collaboration and networks.

Your journey in learning to inspire people with purpose begins with understanding what makes you tick. Based on the world's leading personality assessment you will gain self-awareness to evolve your leadership; you will be challenged for a superior capability to analyze the various contexts and tailor your leadership to handle all situations with self-confidence. You will have a reflective learning experience supported and stretched by innovative working methods containing art, an energizing peer network, and inspiring instructors. Can you imagine yourself being truly excited and energized about leadership?

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New program designed for you to succeed as a leader in various and complex context.

Experience our uniqueness - the profound research of Aalto's Future of work and Arts - to lure your emotions and guarantee you a deep memory trace on your learning journey.

Hogan, world's leading personality assessment to steer your development as well as tools and frameworks to be applied in your work.

Program Benefits

The fourth revolution of work has begun, and organizations need to grow managers with the ability to drive business to results and growth. Participants will learn through a self-assessment profound self-awareness that enables them steer in the VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguity), build successful and committed teams and lead collaboration.

Self-awareness through self-assessment and reflection enables you to develop your skills, critical thinking, and confidence to lead with purpose to results and peak performance
Make your learning journey an experience to remember - art will stimulate your senses to awareness of your unused potential and perception of new ideas and perspectives. Art also entices you emotions - it guarantees your development to a fluent, purposeful leader.
Brainstorm custom solutions to potential challenges and organizational roadblocks
Learn to influence and collaborate in various networks and contexts, and inspire the confidence and creativity that already exists within the related people
Get energized within an inspiring peer network and experienced executive instructors


The program is for managers and leaders who want to equip themselves with the needed skills to succeed in leading the future work and networks with emphasis on collaboration and identifying the best leadership to the various contexts. The program is perfect for managers and leaders identified in Talent Management process with leadership development needs.

This program is for you who:

  • Need to get your organization to do things differently, faster, and more efficiently
  • Engage and inspire your people to unleash the energy in them
  • Lead relationships and collaboration in networks for greater customer value
  • Need to be the genuine you and act as a role model in your organization 
  • Want to get enthusiastic and energized about leadership

Contents and Schedule

The program themes cover how to succeed as a leader in the future, how to connect people and networks to purpose and lead change and performance in a coaching way, also when you face challenges. The themes include a lot of examples, case studies and innovative methodologies to truly challenge your old ways of thinking and getting started with your leadership development.

The program consists of three two-day modules every second month during the spring of 2020. The face-to-face modules will be interactive with a lot of discussion, a leading self-assessment framed in the context of business and leadership, frameworks and exercises to broaden your thinking. Interim reflection method ensures implementing your learning into practice. The aim is to support your critical thinking and ability to analyze leadership situations for the optimal tailored and contextual leadership.

Program Structure


Individual preparation and self-assessment with Hogan Assessments

Three two-day Modules

Energizing sessions with Aalto EE, executive instructors, and peers

Between modules

Interim reflection method and experiments to ensure implementing your learning into practice



Eero Vaara

Eero Vaara is a Professor of Organization and Management at Aalto University School of Business, and he is also a permanent Visiting Professor at EMLYON Business School, France, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Lancaster University, UK.

Professor Vaara has a PhD in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and MSc degrees from Helsinki University of Technology and Helsinki School of Economics. Eero Vaara’s research interests focus on organizational, strategic and institutional change, strategic practices and processes, multinational corporations and globalization, and methodological and philosophical issues. He is generally regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars in postmerger integration. His research has been published in the very leading journals of the field, and he has authored several books. He is now serving as an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Journal. 

Hertta Vuorenmaa

Post-doctoral Researcher & Research Program Director (Future of Work)

Department of Management at Aalto University School of Business

Hertta Vuorenmaa is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of Management at Aalto University School of Business. Her current research focuses on changing nature of work and changing people management, HRM in public and private organizations, digitalization, gender and qualitative research methods including ethnography.

Vuorenmaa is an experienced researcher and trainer. She has been working as a researcher in several large Academy of Finland funded research projects focusing on for example well being at work, people management and its various roles and gender inequalities.

Juha Äkräs

Juha Äkräs is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hintsa Performance. Additionally, he works as Executive in Residence in Aalto University, School of Business, Department of Management. He is co-leading a research program called “The Exponential Work Project: Cascading Wellbeing Climate & Organizational Performance” - a joint research project by Aalto University, Hintsa Performance and Ilmarinen.

Äkräs has worked as Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Nokia Oyj, member of Nokia Executive Board and Nokia Siemens Networks Board of Directors. Before these, he worked in multiple business manager roles, e.g., Senior Vice President of Core Networks, Nokia Networks. Moreover, he has had multiple positions of trust in business and non-profit organizations.

Juha Äkräs holds a Master of Science in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology. He also have studied Industrial Management, Work Psychology and Telecommunications.

Dr. Riina Gröhn

Riina Gröhn specializes in developing leaders to increase their self-awareness and self-leadership skills, to understand what in their own leadership style can work for and against them, and to build emotional intelligence in leading others, especially during transformation and change.

She holds a Master’s of Science and Doctorate in the field of health and biosciences at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Helsinki, Institute of Biomedicine. In addition, she studied human resources management, leadership, mindfulness & positive psychology at Cornell University ILR School, Darden School of Business and the University of California, Berkeley.

She does leadership and career coaching, and she thrives by coaching individuals in self-discovery, navigating through change, career transformations, and to exceeding themselves.

She is also ICF certified coach (ACC), and Certified Profiler for Hogan and Kets De Vries Institute Personality and Leadership Assessments.

Olli-Pekka Kauppila

Olli-Pekka Kauppila is an Assistant Professor in Organization and Management within the Department of Management Studies at Aalto University School of Business. His key areas of expertise and research are leadership, organizational behavior and commitment, strategy implementation, strategy process, innovations and innovative behaviors.

He has studied the impacts of leaders, analyzing effective leadership styles and how authentic leaders behave. Transformational leadership and creativity are also areas which he is interested in, as a teacher and researcher. Kauppila focuses on proactiveness & ambidextrous behavior at the individual’s level; and, strategy-making, knowledge-sharing, social exchange-relationships, and brokerage-behavior.

He holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Aalto University School of Business and a M.Sc. in Business Administration and Management from Turku School of Economics.

Pekka Mattila

Dr. Pekka Mattila serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. He works frequently with European, Asian, African and North-American executive audiences on themes of strategic management and agility, strategy co-creation, business model innovation, executive leadership, top team dynamics, change management, organizational culture and strategic marketing.

Since spring 2011 he has served as the Group Managing Director and Associate Dean of Aalto University Executive Education.

In addition to his academic activities Dr. Mattila has conducted an active business career. Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Board or as a Member of the Board at a number of innovative companies. Previously he served in executive, management and senior staff positions in the Nordic financial services industry. Currently he serves as a Member of the Board of The Finnish National Gallery. From 2009 till 2017 he served as the Chairman of the Board of the Helsinki Festival. He is a Founding Member of Nordic Institute of Business and Society.

Dr. Mattila holds a doctorate and masters in sociology at the University of Helsinki and an Executive MBA at London Business School. Over the years, he has frequently visited a number of prestigious European and Asian universities teaching management, organizational behaviour, marketing and sociology. Dr. Mattila has authored a number of managerial books on leadership, change management and strategic marketing and sales.

Dr. Mattila’s consulting and coaching career started in 2003, and his corporate clients comprise over 280 Nordic and international companies, entrepreneurial ventures as well as prominent public sector institutions and NGOs.

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