Executive development is becoming an increasingly important part of human resources management but also the entire corporate management. The managers are one of the most important factors of a company to remain competitive. Due to this fact, it is interesting to find out which methods are selected and developed by the managers, as well as which training content is granted by them.The importance of executive development stems from several factors. On the one hand, it ensures that managers have the skills to cope with the business challenges of the future, on the other hand, the executive development creates an effect, which reaches a wide variety of areas inside the company. By coaching and leading the staff the executives are involved in the generation of values. In order to ensure the long-term success of a company, it requires a high quality of managers. Therefore, a continuous executive development along all hierarchical levels is essential in order to remain competitive as well as to secure the future of the company.In this Thesis, next to the basic theoretical part also an empirical study, concerning executive development can be found. The study primarily concerns the methods and content of executive development but also illuminates numerous additional questions on this topic. The procedure for the generation of this thesis was the personal survey of ten personnel managers of companies with their headquarters in Austria. The results are systematically evaluated, visualized and described in tables and graphs. Furthermore, an improved version of the first questionnaire, which was used to realize the interviews, is provided in the appendix of the thesis.