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02 June 2022

Stories of leadership

This third part of the Cahier La Tribu looks at leadership in the entrepreneurial and sports sectors, which are important for the success of teams.

The President of TBS Education, Pierre Hurstel retraces his history and the different styles and periods of leadership that he has discovered or exercised in his professional career. From auditing to human resources management, from large groups to independent consulting firms, he now coaches leaders, training them to be more authentic, advocating servant leadership as well as restorative leadership in order to generate performance in the company without damaging the team.

Didier Lacroix, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Stade Toulousain, has a multitude of people and jobs to manage in addition to the relationships to be developed in harmony with a lot of stakeholders. The Stade Toulousain relies on his leadership in the many facets of its activity, and for the good of the collective.

Romain Poite (Corporate speaker and lecturer, Professional Referee F.F.R.), illustrates another facet of leadership in sport: That of the referee, an unknown leader, who must know how to inspire teams that he has neither chosen nor trained for a global performance of the game on the field. This requires a very collective approach to leadership, combining mutual respect and the constant questioning of the referee, allowing for constant development that can be transferred to the company.

Christopher Blanc, start-up entrepreneur, emphasizes that leadership is about making informed decisions with all the other actors in the company. Delegation and trust in teams allow the company to take up the recurring challenges of the socio-economic and (geo)political environment and contribute to a better world.


Before joining Toulouse Business School in 1995, her professional career was in finance, accounting and management control with Siemens.
For TBS she has developped various Aerospace Management and other more general International Programmes. (Aerospace MBA (1999- ), TBS-IIMB Aerospace MBA (2015- ), Aerospace Management PGE Option (2002- ) for the last year of Master in Management studies, International Seminars TBS with Partner Universities around the world (1995- ), Toulouse Barcelona Summers School, Toulouse - Ljubljana "East meets West" Summer School....). She is managing and co-chairing the Advanced Master in Air Transport Management in partnership with ENAC for TBS since 2011.
In 2014-2015 she developped and launched the first international Aerospace MBA programme for Aerospace Executives in INDIA with IIMB - Indian Insitutue of Management, Bangalore.

Her main research interests are in cross-cultural, international, and European management, multicultural teams and workgroup diversity, culture change and the sharing of knowledge in international organisations. With these topics she conceives corporate executive development programmes and works on various consulting, coaching and training assignments with multinational corporations, particularly in the high-tech industry and the aerospace sector (Airbus, Liebherr Aerospace, Thales-Alcatel Alenia Space, British Aerospace, ICL Europe, Paribas, Rolls Royce, Siemens and others..). Cordula also works on a EU Horizon 2020 research project on mobility of qualified employees (2018-2022 -
Cordula has been involved in several other research projects with an international focus; one that looks at the perception of social justice across cultures. In another research she collaborates since several years with a global research team on the study of the impact of language on international business. She was also leader of a European research group on Work, Employment, and Health (TES ? Travail, Emploi, Sant?) at Toulouse Business School (2013-2017) and is conducting research on cross-cultural management, diversity and international human resource management with a European perspective. Cordula is also a country investigator for France and some "under-researched" countries for the GLOBE 2020 project, looking into leadership and organizational behaviour (
As a visiting professor Cordula lectures to MBA and Executive classes on International, European Management & Global Leadership in many partner universities around the globe. With her work and research experience in several countries of Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia she also has published in several languages, particularly in the field of multicultural management. Among other assignments, she was for 10 years visiting Professor at Arizona State University, USA (1995-2005).
She is happily married and working mother of two children.
In 2017 she obtained together with a European Network of academic Beneficiaries and Airbus Group a European Research grant (Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - the European Union's reference programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training) of 3,9 mio ?.
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