Agile Team Leadership

What does agile leadership mean? Using agile leadership, you will be able to manage tensions and paradoxes and deal with contradictions constructively: fast versus reliable, safe versus changeable.

Which attitudes and behaviour will help you to successfully shape teamwork in agile contexts? How does innovation succeed? What can leadership contribute to promoting self-organisation? How do you develop a culture in your projects that supports agility? How does this change management styles and your role as a leader? 

In a VUCA world, the performance of teams is influenced by a variety of internal and external factors. On this continuing education course in agile team leadership, you will learn to recognise such problems in time and to lead your team safely even in turbulent phases. 

The following facets of this specialist course are designed to help you develop an agile leadership style: 

  • You will acquire a deep understanding of the internal forces and drivers of groups and teams 

  • You will learn how to make optimal use of the resources of your teams and actively deal with any unavoidable disruptions 

  • You will learn about empowerment and team development 

  • You will discover the importance of roles, self-organisation and self-responsibility of team members 

  • You will become familiar with good practice by working in groups and applying it to specific situations 

  • You will review and enhance your leadership role in your team 

  • Transfer from your everyday practice of team leadership with discussion and resolution of challenges 

This specialist course is offered in cooperation with the Institut für Prozessarbeit Zürich. It is part of the CAS Advanced Project Management course, but can also be completed individually. 


  • Degree/Certificate Specialist Course Agile Team Leadership
  • Duration 4 Days
  • Schedule Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Application deadline 6 weeks before start, later registration also possible if places are available
  • ECTS credits None / 3 ECTS-Credits
  • Costs CHF 2,125
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern, Schwarztorstrasse 48
  • Department Business
  • Next session March 2021

Content + Structure


Promote agility in your company. Develop a team. Enhance your leadership abilities. On this continuing education course in agile team leadership, we will start by imparting fundamental insights into the philosophy of deep democracy - based on process-orientated psychology (also known as process work theory) as established by Arnold Mindell - as a possible theoretical and practical framework for surviving in a VUCA world. 

Deep democracy takes into account the collectively transmitted roots of our understanding of ourselves and the world and allows us to look at the challenges that leaders face today with fresh eyes and attitudes. As a result of this change of perspective, a wealth of practically applicable methods and tools for highlighting contradictions in teams and organisations and making these serviceable can be derived. They help to create a culture of change that is appropriate to our ever-changing era. 

Training objective

This continuing education course in agile team leadership will help you develop your team leadership skills. On this course, you will be introduced to and be able to practise easily implementable concepts and tailor-made methods of modern, dynamic team leadership. 

The standard approaches to intervention will be used, which the lecturer will employ according to the situation. We will pay special attention to the process work theory, which takes a holistic approach to disruptions in order to use these as opportunities: 

  • Perception models and pattern recognition 

  • Signal orientation, traffic light principle and double signals 

  • Amplify and convert signals 

  • Change of perspective, framing and reframing 

  • Multiple roles matrix, rank signals and limits 

  • Phases of developing group dynamics and self-organisation 

  • Establishing roles and trends in the field 

  • Embodying tendencies and expanding your intuition 

  • Hacking roles as a facilitation principle

  • Methods of decision-making in groups 

  • Hotspots and conflict management cycle 

  • The Rank-Privileges diagram 

  • Recognising ranks and making them usable 

  • Ambiguity as a motor for change 

  • Facilitative leadership as a leadership approach 

Do you as a leader want to strengthen the positive aspects of your company? This continuing education course will enhance and boost your leadership skills. 

  • Positive leadership: the basics and the current status of research. 

  • Three levels: managing yourself positively, managing people positively, managing teams and organisations positively. 

  • Positive interventions: with little effort and a lot of fun you can develop your own character strengths. 

  • Strengths interview: motivate and coach employees by recognising and acknowledging their strengths. 

  • Clifton StrengthsFinder test: helps you identify your own strengths and manage their use in your everyday leadership activities. 

  • Appreciative enquiry: analyse situations through positive questions and influence them positively. 

  • Positive leadership in action: implementation of your strengths in your everyday management activities. 

This specialist course is part of the CAS Advanced Project ManageAdvanced Project Managementment course. The CAS course comprises the following three courses: 

  • Specialist course in Project Management 

  • Specialist course in Knowledge Management 

  • Specialist course in Agile Team Leadership 

This continuing education course in agile team leadership will help you develop your team leadership skills. You will find a creative learning environment in which you will not only acquire new insights but also actively contribute your professional skills and experience and develop them further with the other participants: 

  • Process work and the 3-level model of reality 

  • Co-creation, the role of the observer and change 

  • Team cultures as systems and fields 

  • Dealing with mindset, values and sensitivities 

  • Disruptions and conflicts as information carriers 

  • The importance of mistakes for innovation 

  • Hierarchies, roles, rank, power and influence 

  • Tension between role/person 

  • Interaction and relationship building 

  • Self-organisation and group dynamics 

  • Agility and self-management 

State-of-the-art teaching methods, conceptual and methodological input, self-reflection, group dialogues, tandem exercises, group work and feedback processes will be employed in a practice-orientated environment. You will be able to develop your own solutions for leadership of your team and thus create fundamental added value for your project and your company. You will work on concrete challenges from your everyday management life. The lessons will be experienced-based and interactive. Learning will take place in the here and now. You will benefit from a willingness to get involved, to question your own assumptions and to try out new things. 

You will be required to write a case report on a selected challenge associated with your team leadership.

Title and qualification

Specialist course in Agile Team Leadership at Bern University of Applied Sciences. 

All participants will receive a confirmation of participation. Participants who meet the admission requirements for studying at university level and who successfully complete the proof of competence will be awarded 3 ECTS credits. These will be shown on the course confirmation certificate. 


Our lecturers are proven experts with extensive practical and theoretical knowledge in their subject areas. They have at least a university degree plus many years of experience in higher education. 

Lukas Hohler, Dipl. POP, M.A.

  • IPA - Institut für Prozessarbeit, Zürich (Switzerland) 

  • Coach, facilitator and mediator in Switzerland and abroad iIn recent years, he has worked more intensively on the resolution of conflicts in the public arena and schools. 

  • Member of the Global Process Work Institute and the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology 

Elke Schlehuber, Dipl. POP, M.A., IFS-Diploma 

  • IPA - Institut für Prozessarbeit, Zürich (Switzerland) 

  • Coach, facilitator and organisation developer in Switzerland and Germany 

  • Focus on facilitative leadership, social-communicative skills in self-management and self-organisation 

Requirements + Admission

The specialist course in Agile Team Leadership is aimed at leaders in different organisational settings, such as line, project and social government managers, who want to develop their team leadership skills to meet the current challenges of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA world).

You do not need to meet any specific admission requirements to participate in this specialist course. If you wish to obtain ECTS credits, the general conditions for continuing education will apply: you will require a university degree or equivalent qualification and at least two years' professional experience. If you have any questions, please contact the study administration or the course coordinator. 

Organisation + Registration

The duration of the course is 4-5 course days. There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 24 participants. Two lecturers will be involved if there are more than 12 participants.

Documents required for registration

You can register online via registration form. For registration we require following documents (in PDF format, max. 1 MB per document): 

  • Diplomas 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Passport-sized photo (in JPG format) 

Please upload these documents even if you have already submitted them for another application. 

Organisational aspects

Tuesdays and Wednesdays (8:30-12:00 / 13:00-16:30) every 14 days.

The registration deadline for the programme is 6 weeks before the start. If places are available, it is also possible to register later.

CHF 2,125

Mandatory literature, course materials and proofs of competence are included in the fee. 

The general terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to make changes. In case of doubt, the wording of the official BFH regulations are binding. 


Study Counselling

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Course coordinator


Location + Facilities