CLDR – Center for Leadership Development Research

Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR)

The Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR) brings together academics, educators, and practitioners in the field of leadership development to enhance their understanding of leadership development in modern organizations. CLDR is particularly interested in studying how companies support their employees in making transitions to leader roles, how people embrace or create opportunities for learning to lead, and how leadership in organizations evolves.

CLDR also engages in research and practice of executive coaching as a professional service aimed at helping current and aspiring leaders realize their potential for the benefit of organizations and societies. It thus provides a platform for collaboration between professors, faculty professionals, practitioners, and executive coaches interested in promoting a better understanding of leadership development and experimenting with leadership development methods and tools.

The mission of CLDR is to help organizations to be more effective in developing their high potential managers into effective leaders capable of meeting today’s and tomorrow‘s business challenges and creating work environments in which the followers can use their talents to their fullest extent. The Center engages in researching leadership development processes and practices, designing new teaching materials and instruments, and experimenting with new developmental methods, all contributing to our understanding of how people become better leaders. The Center is an interdisciplinary platform for academics with various backgrounds and research methodologies and practitioners with various types of industry expertise.

The Coaching Colloquium, in its seventh year, has become a firmly established annual event that is run in collaboration with the Kets de Vries Institute. It serves as an opportunity for academics, practicing leadership coaches, human resources, learning and development professionals as well as management consultants to enhance their knowledge, skills, and networks through intensive collaboration and peer-consultation on difficult and/or unusual cases in the practice of executive coaching. Academics from Harvard Medical School, Oxford Brookes University, National Research University Higher School of Economics, INSEAD, and Winthrop University joined the ESMT faculty in delivering the Colloquium in 2015.

Major publications:

  • Manfred Kets de Vries, Konstantin Korotov, Elizabeth Florent-Treacy, Caroline Rook (2015): Coach and Couch – The psychology of making better leaders, 2nd edition.
  • Laura Guillén, Margarita Mayo, Konstantin Korotov (2015): Is leadership a part of me? A leader identity approach to understanding the motivation to lead, Leadership Quarterly.
  • Konstantin Korotov (2013): Peer coaching practice for managers – An executive education companion.
  • Konstantin Korotov, Elizabeth Florent-Treacy, Manfred Kets de Vries, Andreas Bernhardt (2011): Tricky Coaching – Difficult cases in leadership coaching.
  • Manfred Kets de Vries, Konstantin Korotov (2011): Leadership Development – International library of critical writings on business and management.
  • Manfred Kets de Vries, Laura Guillén, Konstantin Korotov, Elizabeth Florent-Treacy (2010): The Coaching Kaleidoscope – Insights from the inside.
  • Jan Hagen (2013) Confronting Mistakes.

Members of the Center are Andreas Bernhardt, ESMT; Elizabeth Florent-Treacy, Insead; Bülent Gögdün, ESMT; Laura Guillén, ESMT; Jan Hagen, ESMT; Manfred Kets de Vries, ESMT and Manfred Kets de Vries Institute; Svetlana Khapova, VU University Amsterdam; Konstantin Korotov, ESMT; Ulf Schäfer, ESMT.

Director of CLDR: Professor Konstantin Korotov joined ESMT in August 2005. In addition to his academic work, he has over 20 years of practical management and leadership development experience in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas and has won multiple awards for his case-studies, articles, and teaching excellence. Konstantin is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

For more information, contact Konstantin Korotov at


We develop and teach executive development programs, such as:


Leadership and Change

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