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Katharina Schmidt

I believe in connected leadership; my biggest passion is to accompany leaders to become aware of and connect with themselves, their ambition and their people


Katharina’s style can be best described as reflective, challenging, enabling and energising. By reflecting on personal habits and beliefs, leadership styles and past performances personal leadership patterns become clearer and therefore adaptable. Her main focus is to connect leaders to their purpose and support their impact and performance.

Leadership Development Experience

For more than 20 years Katharina has held leadership and business development positions in multinational professional leadership & learning companies. Her professional talent lies in helping leaders and organisations to bring vision and ambition into people’s hearts, minds and behaviour. Her edge is in the continuous connection between strategic direction (content), culture development (process) and behaviour change (behaviour).

Katharina has worked with CEOs, Boards and Executives from a broad range of public and private sector organisations. She has designed, co-created and lead various strategy execution and cultural development programmes for large multinational organisations. Her approach is eclectic: besides townhalls, leadership offsites, coaching and development workshops, she integrates (engagement and cultural) surveys, online dialogue platforms and other creative learning interventions in her programmes.

Other Relevant Experience

Katharina has initiated the Generation Why Reflection Team in the Netherlands, consisting of 10 young professionals who help boards and leadership teams to reflect on their future talents in the contexts of their organisations. She is writing a book about “Strategic Dialogue – the missing link between strategy and execution”; the book consists of interviews with 10 progressive CEO’s and their ways to engage people around their company’s ambition.

Education, Qualifications and Certifications

  • Master’s degree International Business (Business School Amsterdam/University Dortmund)
  • MBA (Kellogg)
  • Systemic Coach accreditation (Zentrum für systemische Forschung und Beratung)
  • Brain-Based Coaching Certification (Neuroleadership Institute)
  • Accredited Lumina Learning Facilitator (Lumina Learning)
  • Vinyasa Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance)

Contact Details

Linkedin: Katharina Schmidt