Dr. Kai W. Dierke

I am Kai Dierke. I help senior executives to become Humble Revolutionaries – purpose-driven leaders who master the human challenges of disruptive transformation with unique consciousness and contribution.

From my experience as an Executive Board Member at a global Financial Services Company I know that consciously mastering the human dimension of transformation is critical: as a person, in your team and across your entire organization. And from my experience as Consultant at McKinsey I know that the willingness to revolutionize your business is key to future success.

Professional positions

  • 2016   Adjunct Professor of Leadership at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • 2003   DierkeHouben Leadership Partners, Managing Partner & Co-Founder
  • 1999   Winterthur Insurance, Group Executive Board Member
               Credit Suisse E-Business, Executive Board Member
  • 1995   McKinsey & Company, Project Manager, Financial Services

Professional degrees and diploma (select.)

  • INSEAD, Fontainebleau/ France, Psychodynamic Consulting and Coaching for Change
  • Harvard University, Cambridge MA/ USA, The Art and Practice of Leadership
  • MIT, Cambridge MA/ USA, Systemic Foundations for Leadership

I am a Top Management Coach on board level, Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the international HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, and Author. Knowing the board room from within, I am a trusted advisor and sparring partner asked to step in for enhancing top team collaboration and leadership effectiveness, CEO on-boarding, and executive coaching. I co-authored the highly recognized book: “GEMEINSAME SPITZE. Wie Führung im Top-Team gelingt”, Campus (Fully revised, English edition forthcoming in Autumn 2019: EXECUTIVE RIVALS. How to build Great Leadership Teams where collaboration is hard). I hold Memberships of international professional networks, such as the SOL Society for Organizational Learning, the ISPSO International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, the ILA International Leadership Association, the ALN Adaptive Leadership Network at Harvard University.

Dr. Anke Houben

Hi! I’m Anke Houben. I enable executives in the C-suite plus its next generation to thrive in their full leadership potential. In a nutshell: Wide-awake leadership in agile times is all about consciousness and contribution.

As a Coach at INSEAD Global Leadership Centre, Adjunct Professor of Leadership at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and from my 16 years leadership coaching practice, I learned: To grow fast, senior leaders appreciate most a unique blend of inspired thinking and in-depth reflection with a clear benefit for their business challenges at hand.

Professional positions

  • 2016   Adjunct Professor of Leadership at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • 2003   DierkeHouben Leadership Partners, Managing Partner & Co-Founder
               INSEAD Global Leadership Centre, Member of Executive Coaching Faculty
               World Economic Forum, Member of Executive Coaching Faculty
  • 2000   Arthur D. Little Consulting, Senior Project Manager, Strategy & Organization
  • 1998   Pixelpark Multimedia/ Bertelsmann, Project Manager, Consulting Unit
  • 1996   Bertelsmann Foundation, Project Manager, Media Unit

Professional degrees and diploma (select.)

  • INSEAD, Fontainebleau/ France, Psychodynamic Consulting and Coaching for Change
  • Harvard University, Cambridge MA/ USA, The Art and Practice of Leadership
  • HEC Hautes Etudes Comm., Paris/ France, Consulting in Organisational Psychodynamics

I co-founded DierkeHouben Leadership Partners as a leading coaching practice with an exclusive focus on enhancing leadership and collaboration effectiveness of Senior Executives and Top Teams throughout Europe. Since 2003, I am a Member of the Executive Coaching Faculty at INSEAD Global Leadership Centre and Executive Coach at the World Economic Forum. Together with Kai Dierke, I am author of the highly recognized book: “GEMEINSAME SPITZE. Wie Führung im Top-Team gelingt”, Campus (Fully revised, English edition forthcoming in Autumn 2019: EXECUTIVE RIVALS. How to build Great Leadership Teams where collaboration is hard). I hold Memberships of international professional networks, such as the ISPSO International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, the ILA International Leadership Association, the ALN Adaptive Leadership Network at Harvard University and the INSEAD Coaches’ Network.

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