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Leading with Impact

Leading with Impact is a three-day module in the Diploma in Leading People program and can also be taken as a stand-alone program.

As a leader and executive, you are responsible for the organization's performance and results. Effective operation requires you to have influential leadership skills, as well as the ability to create an inspiring vision for your organization and involve and motivate your team to work together to achieve common goals. At the same time, strategic thinking and prioritization are required to meet constantly changing circumstances.

The Leading with Impact program provides the skills and framework needed for effective and influential leadership in a compact package:

  • Strong self-awareness is a prerequisite for developing as a supervisor or manager. You will learn to understand the impact of your persona and actions on other people.
  • You will learn to recognize what actions and behaviors are required for functional interaction in different situations, and how to motivate different people to work towards common goals.
  • You will learn how to harness the organizational culture to support common goals.
  • You will learn how to energize by creating relevance and increasing activity to enable growth.

4.5 ECTS credits can be transferred from this program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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This program combines leadership themes that have been found to be the best in our other leadership programs.

During this intensive program, you will find your inner leadership style and understand how you can influence and succeed with other people.

Your development as a leader is supported by self-assessment and tools and techniques that enable effective interaction.


This is a program for developing your leadership skills and ensuring your organization's performance. You will learn how to influence other people and motivate them to work together to achieve common goals. You will be part of a knowledgeable and natural network of supportive peers that allows you to test your thoughts, learn from the experiences of others, and develop as an influential leader.

Know yourself – Self-awareness lays the foundation for goal-oriented development. Understanding your own emotions, strengths, and areas of development, as well as your values and attitudes, increases your ability to influence.
Read the context – Learn how to take advantage of your strategic thinking and identify different situations and patterns of behavior. You will learn how to adapt your own operations and allocate your organization's energy to ensure success.
Energize your team – You will understand the importance of effective interaction in motivating your team and in connecting with your circle of trust. Learn how to nurture an environment that enables peak performance with influential leadership.
Sharpen your focus – A personal development plan will help you acquire the skills and reference framework required for greater impact.
Get things done – Improve your performance and unlock your full potential to take initiative, show ownership, and instill energy in the organization.


The Leading with Impact program is intended for leaders and executives who want to succeed in their leadership role, by ensuring the performance of their organization and engagement of their team. It is for everyone who is looking for new ways to motivate their team and achieve results. You can be a newly appointed manager or have led a team for some time.

The program is for you if you want to:

  • Understand the effects of your leadership and create the conditions for success.
  • Inspire, motivate, and involve your team in a successful performance.
  • Use your time effectively to show direction.
  • Be involved in securing your organization's goals and results.

Contents and Schedule

The program is delivered over three consecutive days with interactive sessions by top instructors familiar with the academic world and business, discussions, and applied group and individual work.

As a pre-assignment, you will carry out a self-assessment with the help of the world's leading personality survey, Hogan Assessment.



Saara Bange

Saara Bange is a coach, trainer, and facilitator in leadership, communication, and collaboration with several years of experience in academia and the industry.

Her topics include self-management and self-awareness, leading with emotional intelligence, and understanding identities and personalities in organizational life.

She works as a Director at Aalto EE, holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics, and is finalizing her Ph.D. in Organizational Studies at the Aalto University School of Business. She has published her research in journals such as the Journal of Management Inquiry and the Journal of Media Management. 

Bange is a certified Hogan Assessment personality profiling consultant, certified WPB5 consultant, certified Personal Resilience Practitioner, and certified emotional intelligence (EQi) assessor. She has worked with several individuals and teams to help them find their potential and leverage their leadership skills. Bange’s clients have complimented her for her caring and passionate approach and her ability to explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand.

Prior to joining Aalto University Executive Education, Bange worked for years with leadership development and strategic communications advisory for leading companies in different sectors. Before that, she worked at the Aalto University School of Economics as a researcher and teacher. Her current research interests lie in the intersection of the future of work and leaders’ identity work.

Christel Berghäll

Christel Berghäll’s expertise lies in coaching senior executives, developing senior teams, and developing leadership cultures to drive needed changes to achieve business objectives and implement the strategy.

Her career has been international throughout and she has worked and lived in Finland, Germany, Spain and China and worked as a short-term expert in Africa for many years.

Berghäll brings with her experience both from the corporate and entrepreneurial world. She previously worked as a human resources senior executive at Amer Sports Corporation and YIT Corporation and as a Business Director for Center for Creative Leadership Nordics. She has also worked with Nokia Corporation and SAP in strategic HR and communication roles. After her corporate career, she set up her own business focusing on Executive Coaching, Senior Team Coaching, Facilitation and Organizational Leadership consultancy. Currently she is working part time as a Head of Career Business at Mercer focusing on Strategic Talent Solutions and dedicates the other half of her time to Executive Coaching in her own business at Step Beyond Ltd.

Christel holds a Master’s degree in economics (M.Sc. econ.) in international economics and has completed her Diploma in Advanced Executive Coaching in London, UK. She is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) by International Coach Federation (ICF)  and a Master Accredited coach by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Christel is also a certified Foresight Practitioner at the Institute for the Future, USA, a Certified Agile HR Coach and a certified career and job transition coach.

Ira Lange

Ira Lange's core competencies are relationships in the workplace and the factors that influence behavior and interaction of management and experts.

Her coaching and training themes are leadership and management practices, efficient and effective team building, as well as building trust and confidence in the organization. In recent years Lange has also coached executive board members and management teams which have faced leadership challenges in achieving common goal.

Lange is interested in human cognition, emotions, and efficiency in workplace environment and in a professional context. In addition to leadership coaching and training, Lange also trains sales and customer relationship management skills, based on her previous experience as a consultant and sales manager. Lange makes a variety of assessments and inquiries that can be connected to team building and personal development programs.

Lange is a coach, CEO and entrepreneur at Q.motion Oy. She has over 20 years of experience in sales and leadership management, e.g.,  Aspectum Consulting, Amos Partners, Bon Stockbrokers, AON Corporation. Lange works in Finland and Baltic countries.

She has Masters from the University of Helsinki. She is a certified Business Coach by ICF and team builder, TM.

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Other Diploma in Leading People Modules

You can register for individual stand-alone Diploma in Leading People modules or take the complete Diploma in Leading People program, including all three core modules and one elective module of your choice.