- IMD Business School
 - IMD Business School
Ginka Toegel

Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Ginka Toegel is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. She is an expert on the dynamics of top management teams, leadership development of women executives and issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also has a keen interest in future leadership trends and the role that technology can play in enhancing the impact of executive education.

Toegel believes that businesses need a strong and cohesive team at the top of the organization, but says that, ironically, there is often a lack of unison in top teams. Challenges in collaboration lead to ineffective decision making at the helm of the organization. While team members interact extensively with the CEO, they do not interact sufficiently with each other, leading to a lack of trust, fragile bonds, suboptimal information sharing, and dysfunctional team dynamics that often magnify silos further down in the hierarchy. To address these challenges, she engages in deep work with top teams to strengthen the trust base and improve team cohesion.

Teams struggle with ‘undiscussables’ – situations where team members think but dare not speak, experience feelings that they are not able to describe, mindlessly say things they don’t mean, or act without realizing the impact of their actions.

She also pays close attention to new trends in leadership development and uses artificial intelligence tools to increase the impact of executive programs. The AMI customized leadership learning chatbot developed in cooperation with technology company X2AI provides ‘nudges’ that enable program participants to continue to focus on their leadership improvement goals despite the day-to-day pressures that they face once they return to their jobs. The chatbot is currently being used by participants in IMD’s Mobilizing People and Strategies for Leadership programs, which she directs. She is also a big proponent of experiential work in her teaching, believing that interventions are much more impactful if participants experience something for themselves and then reflect on the experience.

Toegel has delivered leadership development programs for a wide range of companies, whose appreciation is reflected in the number of clients who choose to work with her repeatedly over many years. She has directed or taught programs for ABB, Abu Dhabi School of Governance, Actis, BAE, BASF, Bayer, Bunge, Commerzbank, Continental, DNV, DSM, FIFA, Gasco, Generali, Heineken, Kone, Marel, Metinvest, MUFG, Nestle, Neste Oil, Novartis, PNB, Rexel, SAMA, Sanofi, Saudi Telecom, Sumitomo, Swisscom, UEFA, WWF, and X5 Retail Group, among others.

She has published articles in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review, and is currently working on a book on women leaders, dealing with practical answers to questions that arise in some of her teaching programs, including the long-running Strategies for Leadership program, which is aimed at senior female executives. She has also served as Chair of the Management Consulting Division of the Academy of Management.

Before joining IMD in 2008, Toegel taught at the London School of Economics, London Business School, and Duke Corporate Education, and started her career as a psychotherapist.

Selected publications
Insight for Executives
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Diversity and Equity and Inclusion Leadership
31 October 2013