The Empower! Masterclass.

The transformative leadership program for founders on their way to becoming great CEOs.

Start 17 May 2023

Being an entrepreneur is the best development program in the world.
If you don’t grow, your business won’t grow.

The Empower! Masterclass is an intensive leadership and coaching program that helps founders of fast-growing companies to step out of the day-to-day and create a high-performance team.

Over six months, you’ll join 9 other founders to learn how to get the most out of yourself and your team, create a strong culture of trust and accountability, and find pragmatic solutions to the tough leadership questions.

Next Start: 17 May 2023

Number of participants: Max. 10 founders

Registration opens end of March for a short time and is only available through the waiting list.
Sign up now to avoid missing out on this opportunity.

Do you recognize this?
4 signs that you need to transition from doer to leader.

You are exhausted.
The flow of the first startup period is over. Your work is becoming more and more exhausting, you are physically and mentally drained.

Understand what saps your energy, manage your own powers, and become a source of energy for your team.

You’re only putting out fires now.
Everything still depends on you. You are the bottleneck. This can’t go on. You finally want to work on the company again.

Hand over responsibility and empower your team. You can be sure: They want and can do much more than you think.

Orientation has been lost.
You can’t see the forest for the trees anymore. You’re getting bogged down in the day-to-day details and losing your effectiveness.

Become clear on what kind of leader you want to be and learn all the skills necessary to get there.

Your founding team is drifting apart.
There’s so much to do. You hardly see each other anymore. . Frustrations keep coming up that you never quite resolve. You feel alone.

Create a true high-performance leadership team, support and challenge each other. That’s your support team!


The leadership sessions with Dorothea are super authentic and helpful. She addresses essential leadership topics and always manages to create individual and personal connections, allowing you to make progress right away. Dorothea listens incredibly actively, provides great suggestions, and holds you accountable.

Jule Bolzenius, Co-Founder The Trailblazers

The leadership training from Dorothea once again highlighted the importance of leadership for a young company. Growth cannot be achieved solely by the founders and Dorothea helped us understand that!

Alexander Bley, Co-Founder Sewts

A company cannot succeed through individual efforts. Particularly start-ups thrive on their teams. The leadership training from Dorothea help to get the best out of a team. Together the way is easier anyway.

Monja Meier, CEO and Co-Founder Easi Control

Dorothea is a great sparring partner. She doesn’t allow easy excuses and always has the right models at hand to look at one’s own experiences from a different perspective.

Dennis Cutraro, Co-Founder Valuedesk

In the Empower! Masterclass you learn and practice the mindset and toolset of leadership. A true milestone on the journey from founder to CEO.

From Founder to CEO

You want to scale your business, go from founder to CEO. But what does that mean? In the first session, you reflect on the leadership challenge of scaling. You explore the mindset and toolset of successful leaders. We take time to get to know each other and build trust – the foundation for every high-performance team. A key competency: active listening.

Handing over responsibility, letting go

Radical self-responsibility is the basis of good leadership. Only if we set an example will our team also take responsibility. Therefore, we start with the question: Where are we passive players in the drama – where are we active creators? We learn to make our team take responsibility. With clear role profiles and a pragmatic, super efficient instrument of responsibility transfer. And we learn how to respond to back delegation.

Persuasive Communication

Leadership is communication. In all its facets. What makes communication convincing? How do I reach my team? How do I reach my investors? What are the right formats?  In the session 3 we talk about 1:1 meetings, difficult conversations, the power of good feedback. We’ll also take a look at what inner drivers hinder us in communicating at eye level..

Ask questions, develop people

Your job as a leader: challenge and coach people, bring them to the next level. In the 4th session, you’ll learn how to develop your colleagues without a big training program. We’ll start from the very beginning: how to design an optimal onboarding process. We will also look at stress and energy management. How do we act when we’re on “battery low”? What gives us energy and what drains it? And how do we recharge ourselves effectively?

Create a High Performance Team

Führe dein Team, nicht nur die Individuen. Am besten performt ihr, wenn nicht jeder für sich arbeitet, sondern wenn ihr euch als High Performance Team versteht. Nimm die Entwicklung deiner Führungsteams als einen eigenen Prozess wahr, definiere Strukturen und Prozesse der Zusammenarbeit, die sicherstellen, dass ihr langfristig an einem Strang zieht. Das ist der Fokus der 5. Session

My Leadership Manifesto

This is my way. This is how I want to lead. In the last session, we look at our corporate culture: What constitutes a growth culture and how can we actively shape it? We bring together all of our learnings and develop our personal leadership manifesto. And then we celebrate the conclusion of our joint journey.

Accountability & Coaching Sessions

Plans without follow up are worth nothing. In between each two day-long workshops, we will meet virtually for an Accountability & Coaching Session (60 minutes During these meetings, we’ll review what’s working and what still needs clarification. You can bring leadership problems to these meetings and we’ll work together to find solutions.

Impuls Sessions

Learn from role models and understand the requirements of being a leader. How did other founders become CEOs, what did they struggle with, what development steps were particularly important for them?  And what do investors expect from you? Every month we will have at least one impulse session with inspiring startup leaders and investors.

The Faculty

Hi, I’m Dorothea.

As a leadership coach, I accompany founders and founding teams on their journey from founder to CEO and help them learn and implement all necessary leadership skills.

I have been a successful CEO, COO and business leader in growth-oriented startups for over 20 years. Since founding Volate, I have worked with over 100 founders and 40 founder teams

The Empower! Masterclass
provides the perfect blend for you.

From practice for practice

The Volate Leadership approach has proven successful in many start-up coaching sessions. It combines insights into frameworks and leadership tools, intensive reflection, and the practical application of these instruments. Focused, goal-oriented and pragmatic.

Become a Growth Leader

Leadership is 90% mindset and only 10% toolset. In the Empower! Masterclass, you reflect on your personality and develop your authentic leadership style. Because every person leads differently.

You are not alone

We learn best from our mistakes, but we don’t have to make every mistake ourselves. In the exclusive peer group and learning partnerships, you discuss and solve your leadership challenges.

Practice makes perfect

Without implementation, even the best concepts are worthless. Together, we practice the concepts and tools and coach each other in implementation.  We are always at your side..

And this is how the Empower! Masterclass operates

You and your peers

You will learn in a group of a maximum of 10 CEOs and founders of fast-growing companies who, like you, want to take their leadership skills to the next level and create the company of their dreams.

Through intensive exchange, you’ll grow together into your own Leadership Mastermind. A safe space for the difficult and vulnerable leadership issues.

Your team should have between 10 and 100 team members.

Intense collaboration

6 intensive working days. We meet in Munich or Berlin and work on one field of leadership at a time. With many discussions and space to practice.

6 Accountability & Coaching Sessions. Between the workshops we meet virtually for 1h each to discuss concrete problems together.

6 Impuls Sessions with founders who have already successfully walked the path and investors who will mirror their expectations to you.

Individual coaching can be booked as an option.

Learn with all senses

Every person learns differently. That’s why the joint work is supported by diverse learning formats.

In the book “Vom Gründer zum CEO” (sorry German only) you can read about the essential leadership tools.

In the workbooks you will find reflection exercises and many templates.

You can use the journal for your own thoughts.

A great investment

You invest about 2 days a month for 6 months. Sounds a lot, but de facto it’s not even 5% of your year, while the output of this time will multiply your team’s performance permanently.

€ 6.000 plus VAT.

Start your journey from founder to CEO now!
Take the next step now and join our waiting list.