Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Complex World

As a society, as organizations and as individuals we see ourselves confronted with unprecedented challenges. The Goetheanum Leadership Course is based on the assumption that these challenges require a new form of leadership, one that allows us individually and as members of a leadership team to step into a new terrain and to find and implement a transformative vision. The courses aim to provide an exploration of practices based on Anthroposophy.

This new course is an invitation for leaders to develop a leadership practice aligned with a vision and image of the future we want to see. It is based on a holistic understanding of the human being and his or her potential. Leadership requires a deep level of self-knowledge. The course offers participants different practices of self-reflection, meditation and mindfulness as well steps into different languages of the arts. 


The course is meant for leaders in all sectors of society from all over the world. Participants benefit best if they bring at least 3 years of leadership experience. An anthroposophical background is not required. The course will be held in English.

The participants will engage on two levels via:
Change projects: participants will use the learnings from the Course to initiate a personal change project in their respective work environments.

Peer Coaching: participants will work in peer coaching groups of 3-4 people

During the two Modules we will add individual Coaching: each participant will be coached by one of the course leaders


The Leadership Course as Intensive Week Programme or Two Module Course is based on the understanding that developing and advancing leadership capacities requires a highly dialogical learning environment. It is designed to build upon the questions and challenges that participants are confronted with in their work.  Course participants will represent different sectors such as business, agriculture, health, education etc. This diversity will allow participants to enter into a wide-range of perspectives regarding current social reality. 

This courses are for leaders from different sectors to step out of their organizational boundaries and develop a leadership practice in line with a vision and image of a future we want to see. It is based on a holistic understanding of the human being and his or her potential.

They are designed for leaders in organizations seeking to deepen their skills and capabilities in leading with a vision of a more extended social wellbeing. It will explore three levels of leadership: 

  • Micro level: How do I cultivate self-leadership, advance my individual leadership vision and deepen my personal skills?
  • Meso Level: How do I lead teams and organizations so that everybody involved can operate from their potential?
  • Macro Level: How do I identify and realize the future potential of society at large and lead accordingly?

Course Leaders

Jean-Michel Florin studied Nature Protection at the Agriculture college of Neuvic (FR) and specialized in Goethean Studies at the Research Institute of the Free Highschool of Spiritual Science of Goetheanum (CH). From 1983 to 1986 he worked in nature education in Castres (F). From 1988 to 2010 he was coordinator and trainer in the french Movement of Biodynamic Agriculture (MABD), Since 2010 he is co-leader of the Agricultural Section at the, Goetheanum School of Spiritual Science in Switzerland (CH) 

Paul Mackay studied economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and business administration at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. From 1977 – 2012 he was active in banking on values, as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Triodos Bank in the Netherlands and Executive Director and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GLS Bank in Germany. Since 2012 he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Weleda AG in Switzerland. From 1996 - 2018 Paul Mackay was member of the Executive Board at the Goetheanum, School of Spiritual Science in Switzerland and from 2000 to 2015 also Leader of its Section for Social Sciences.

Edda Nehmiz (born 1974 in Germany) made cabinet making her first profession before she studied Politics & Organisation and Pedagogy in Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

She also has a rich experience in working with children and elderly people as well as in farming which she has done for many years during her studies. 

Since 2006 is she working at the Goetheanum and is there responsible for the department of Study and Further Education. She is working alongside with her colleagues to design the concepts for the various courses, gives them the organizational ground structure and helps the students and participants with their questions and considerations.  

Edda Nehmiz lives in Basel and is a single mom of a little boy.