Leadership & Personal Development

Leading High-Performance Teams

Mastering teams in traditional, virtual and hybrid settings


Programme Description

Are you a team leader challenged by questions relating to how you can get the best out of a diverse team? How can you ensure that people work with instead of against each other? How can you promote bridge building?

Register for our newly designed Leading High-Performance Teams Programme and learn about the keys to creating a successful, productive and diverse team!

Thanks to our new blended learning journey, you will benefit from a unique Kickoff Day on our Executive Campus followed by a networking event with alumni at SQUARE, the newly built HSG Learning Center.

Designed as a very practical course, the Leading High-Performance Teams Programme will give you effective tools for understanding and improving your team’s performance.

Throughout the programme, you will learn how to measure team processes such as objective setting and handling conflicts, as well as team diversity and essential psychological aspects.

You will apply every tool to your own team’s context, thereby creating an immediate potential impact on your team’s effectiveness.

If you decide to write a final paper at the end of the course, you will earn 2 ECTS from the University of St.Gallen for this programme (additional charge of CHF 500.-).

Target Audience

Team Leaders


Start Dates
One day on-site (Hybrid), self-paced learning & two live online ​Check-ins
Application Deadline
Number of ECTS Credits
Level of Experience
Senior Manager
Functional Manager
Functional Specialist
Programme Type
CHF 3'900.-
Special Discounts
10% Early Bird summer reduction until 19 August
Please contact us regarding special group discounts
One day on-site (Hybrid), self-paced & live online ​
Individual Modules Bookable
Flexible Entry
Programme Language


This programme provides team leaders with the mindset, tools and knowledge to create and lead high-performance physical and virtual teams.

The programme is a cooperation between the Research Institute for International Management (FIM-HSG) and the Executive School at the University of St. Gallen.

Course Structure

The course consists of an on-site kickoff, self-paced learning & live online ​modules.

Content & Faculty

Throughout the programme different facets of leading high-potential teams will be explored. The lectures cover both academic and practical insights and includes peer-to-peer exchanges where participants can share their experiences in applying the course knowledge and tools to their current work teams. These highly applicated tools enable them to grow alongside their team.

Kickoff & Networking event with alumni reunion – Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok, Dr. Stephanie Schoss, Claudio Feser, Dr. Patricia Widmer

Executive Campus HSG, St.Gallen
19 October 2022
09:00-17:00 CET Kickoff

17:00-21:00 CET Networking event with alumni reunion

Among others the kickoff will provide a detailed overview of the course structure, module content and participation expectations. Lecturers and participants will also introduce themselves in order to establish rapport.

An Introduction to Teams – Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok

Team-based structures are on the rise. In this session, you will learn the critical success factors of high-performance teams (HPTs) and how you can translate these into relevant metrics. You will explore the differences between physical and virtual teams and how to set objectives most effectively in both settings

Introduction to Course Surveys – Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok

Motivating Your Team

Delve into how you can recognize conflict within your team. You will receive tools to help you alleviate conflict, strengthen your conflict-handling skills and motivate your team.

Networking Event with alumni reunion – Keynote

This event offers participants the opportunity to get to know each other and alumni from previous courses.


Self-Paced Learning I​
20-30 October ​2022

During this first self-paced learning phase participants will receive access to preparatory readings, surveys and video materials.


Live online Check-in I
3 November 2022
08:00-12:00 CET

Understanding your Survey Results - Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok, Dr. Stephanie Schoss

Creating the « We » in Your Team – Dr. Stephanie Schoss

By examining the concept of «We Consciousness», you will discover how to foster trust, alignment and a sense of community within your teams. Increasing the «We» in teams often leads to better performing teams.

Peer Coaching Themes/Topics – Claudio Feser


Self-Paced Learning I​I
5 November – 20 November​ 2022

During the second self-paced learning phase participants will receive access to deep dive materials which address deep level diversity, psychological safety, unconscious bias and conflict management.


Live online Check-in II
22 November 2022
08:00-12:00 CET

Theme Based Group Peer Coaching – Claudio Feser

Participants will discuss current challenges in their teams and learn to manage them.

Follow-Up on Sustainable Impact​
Ongoing after November​

Participants will have access to best practice videos and, if they wish, to elective group coaching sessions with Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok, Dr. Stephanie Schoss or Claudio Feser.


Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok
Winfried Ruigrok is the Dean of the Executive School of Management, Technology & Law (ES-HSG) at the University of St.Gallen. He is also a Professor of International Management and the Director of the Research Institute for International Management (FIM-HSG) at the same university. He conducts research in international strategy, corporate governance, the role of the CEO, top management teams and boards of directors, CEO careers, CEO compensation, and research methods. His papers have been published in leading scholarly and popular outlets. He has won numerous awards and has worked as a consultant and leadership trainer with dozens of multinational corporations. 

Dr. Stephanie Schoss
Stephanie Schoss is a Director 
at the HSG Executive School of the University of St. Gallen and a Director of the Competence Center for Top Team Research at the HSG Institute of International Management. Stephanie studied Business Administration at the Universities of St.Gallen, Harvard and the Singapore Management University. Her research focuses on team personality, leadership and the effects of conflicts, empathy, and “we-consciousness” in (virtual) teams. Before joining the university, Stephanie made her career as an active entrepreneur in various industries and as a passionate pilot (private and commercial). She still serves as Chairwoman of her own business psychology company and as a founding partner of C Talks, a Peer-Community for the most senior European Top ManagersStephanie was recognised as manager of the year in 2013 by Generation CEO.

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander
Gudrun Sander is the Academic Director for Diversity and Management Programmes at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) at the University of St.Gallen. She is also Adjunct Professor of Business Administration with a special emphasis on diversity management at the University of St.Gallen and Director of the Competence Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (
www.ccdi-unisg.ch). Her research focuses on inclusive leadership, D&I as strategy, diversity benchmarking, and change management in organizations. She and her teams support Swiss and international companies, NPOs and public administrations on their D&I journeys. Gudrun is also a member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Gender Equality and a well-known author on these topics.

Claudio Feser

Claudio Feser is a Senior Partner Emeritus and a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company. He joined the Firm in 1992, was elected Partner in 1998 and Senior Partner in 2004. At McKinsey, he held various leadership roles, including leading McKinsey Greece, McKinsey Switzerland and the global leadership development practice. He was also a member of the Shareholder Council, McKinsey's Board of Directors. As Senior Advisor, Claudio continues to advise selected clients and to serve as faculty on various McKinsey training programs for CEOs and senior partners.

Faculty and dates may be subject to change.

Further information



The course has been of great value to me and all my stakeholders. The real added value resulted by combining content, tools and insights with already existing professional experience and interdisciplinary know-how
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Kristina Casali
TeamStreamer @ Lydiant & MoneyPark
Learning more about "Leading High Performance Teams'' was a great experience with great guest speakers.
A lot of aspects are very helpful for my daily work and very often colleagues ask me for advice, as this is a real challenge nowadays. Being confident feels great!
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Mevlida Music
Head Inside Sales @ Georg Fischer GmbH

Why HSG?

Executive education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relvance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable you to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to your own personal development. "From insight to impact" is not just our message; it is a promise against which we can be measured. 

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