About Us

We connect thought leaders across generations, industries and professions.

We believe that the combination of different perspectives has the power to generate smart ideas and valuable solutions to the big questions of our time. The Future of Leadership Initiative (FLI) brings together business executives, global thought leaders and highly-talented students of all ages and professional backgrounds. Since 2013, FLI has developed into the largest and most diverse English-speaking think tank about leadership in Germany.

We leverage the collective potential of our community
to jointly tackle the Grand Challenges of Leadership.

Collaboration amongst diverse and exceptional people has the power to generate extraordinary outcomes. Together with our community and partners, we select the most pressing issues of leadership, distill the most relevant aspects and join forces in exciting co-creation processes. Our common goal is to convert the Grand Challenges of Leadership into valuable insights, inspiring visions, and future-proof strategies. In the past, we worked on big questions such as: How can we create meaning at work? How can leadership create an innovation ecosystem? What is the future vision of Generation Y?

We provide a unique environment to stay at the forefront of leadership.

Leadership is about winning active supporters for desirable goals. This requires a possibility for personal growth, the capability to shape communities as well as the development of societal foresight. Leadership is not only a tool but a life-long learning process. It is our goal to establish a high-quality network, in which mutual trust, learning and inspiration provide continuous benefits for leadership enthusiasts of all career stages. 

THE FLI TEAM

Like the FLI network, the FLI team spans disciplines, nationalities and generations.

Laura Bechthold

Laura Bechthold

Executive Director

Laura oversees the general operations of FLI. She is a social scientist with an interdisciplinary academic background reaching from business research to sustainability science. Before joining FLI, she pursued a Ph.D. in  “fostering female entrepreneurship” at the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition and was a member of the Management Team at the Center For Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). Further, she has worked as a trainer for the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, in the field of sustainability consulting, and co-founded an agency for social business development during her studies.

Sebastian Morgner

Sebastian Morgner

Co-Founder FLI

Sebastian Morgner is an expert on the subject of leadership and strategy design. He is fascinated by how to bring objectives and strategies to life in ways that motivate people to act. After his university degree in Mannheim/Germany and Budapest, he started in management consulting. Later on, he established the online business of an investment company and was responsible for the business development and marketing policy of the German HypoVereinsbank. 

Robert Wreschniok

Robert Wreschniok

Co-Founder FLI

Robert Wreschniok is managing director of the MLI Leadership Institute in Munich, where he supports leading international companies and ‘hidden champions’ amongst SMEs in developing, communicating and activating their corporate strategy. He also chairs the Cluster for Innovation and Digital Transformation (CIDT), has been a member of the Design Strategy Board (Basel) since 2014, and is the contact person for TATIN Design Enterprises in Germany. Robert is a frequent lecturer at conferences and author of numerous articles and books on strategy and transformation, including “Der ganz normale Change Wahnsinn”, “Reputation Capital: Building and Maintaining Trust in the 21st Century” and “Change 2.0: Beyond Organisational Transformation”.

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Gabriela Ginard

Head of FLI Academy

Gabriela runs the FLI Academy, where she coordinates the logistics and conceptual design of the offered seminars. She is an industrial engineer with an international background. Open innovation and self-leadership were the focus of her degree theses at the Technical University of Munich. She is also a fellow of the Social Entrepreneurship Academy and has an Honours Degree in Technology Management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM).

Julia Friedl

Julia Friedl

FLI Academy

As an expert for strategy activation and communication, Julia designs FLI academy seminars. Her primary focus lies on impactful agile leadership and team dynamics. Julia is a trained Human Centered Facilitator and helps ideating sustainable and impactful actions. To her, humans always are at the center. She holds degrees in information design and corporate communication and a certificate in Change Leadership & Organizational Development.

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INTERN WANTED

FLI & MLI

We – that is the Future of Leadership Initiative (FLI) together with the MLI Munich Leadership Institute (MLI) – are looking for a full-time intern to start as soon as possible.

As our new team member, you will both work in the area of leadership development and consulting with the MLI as well as support the FLI in program coordination and (online-)marketing.

As we are a small and entrepreneurial team, you will have a lot of responsibility from day one.
We guarantee a steep learning curve and a working environment that values team spirit, intellectual curiosity, and proactiveness.

Board of Advisors

Martin Hoegl

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Högl

Institute for Leadership and Organization at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

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Prof. Barbara Kellerman

Center for Public Leadership
at Harvard Kennedy School

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Janina Kugel

Chief Human Resource
Officer at Siemens AG

Lin Kayser

LIN kayser

Serial Entrepreneur, Founder  of Hyperganic Technologies AG

OUR VALUES

Everything we do is based on the following basic principles:

  • We celebrate intellectual curiosity and welcome different perspectives.
  • We embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
  • We believe that continuous reflection and life-long learning are fundamental for human growth.
  • We believe each individual has the right to self-determination.
  • We acknowledge our responsibility towards society and the environment.
  • We act fair and respectful towards each other and our stakeholders.
  • We are committed to human rights, conduct lawful business and work against corruption.

FLI FOUNDERS

MLI Leadership Institute specializes in strategy activation. It supports leadership teams in (digital) transformation processes. MLl’s ambition is to make strategies tangible and engaging, and to create activesupporters who know how they can contribute to the strategy in those day-to-day moments that matter.
MLI prepares businesses and organizations for the future, unleashes their innovation potential, and helps them become more attractive for the next generation of leaders.

CDTM

Founded in 1998 by the Ludwig Maximilian University and the Technical University Munich, CDTM is an institution for interdisciplinary education and research. The aim is to educate future leaders who are keen to assume responsibility as global citizens and embrace opportunities to solve the challenges of our time. Therefore, CDTM offers an add-on study program at the intersection of digital technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Each semester, 25 highly qualified and ambitious students from various backgrounds are selected to attend the study program.
CDTM is run by a management team consisting of ten doctoral candidates, and supported by 14 professors from LMU and TUM.