Course Overview

  • MBA (240 points)

    Build skills to progress into senior roles

  • London

    Global business leaders on your doorstep

  • 18 months

    Learning built around you

  • September 2020

    New year intake

  • £24,000

    Investment in your career

Taught in a central London location, the MBA Leadership has a strong focus on career advancement and is delivered by professors experienced in leading business schools around the world.

Our course has a unique peer coaching model where students are supported outside of the classroom and have access to tutor for any challenge they may face in their work, or study.

The programme is designed to be undertaken alongside a busy professional role and is delivered in Executive Format over an 18-month period.

On a monthly basis, interactive workshop style teaching takes place over a 3-day weekend at our London Moorgate campus in London’s commercial hub.

Course Modules

1. Business Fundamentals (30 credits)

This module covers the traditional business content of Operations, Strategy, Accounting, Finance, Marketing and HR, over 2 intensive weekends.

Business Fundamentals is an intensive, hands-on and practical module that covers the breadth of management topics general managers must deal with every day. The module includes core theoretical concepts, business frameworks, models, and other emerging ideas at the heart of successful organisations.

2. Executive Behavioural Competencies (30 credits)

The Executive Behavioural Competencies Module recognises that the needs and demands of leadership are shifting dramatically. While certain competencies and skills favoured in traditional leadership roles are being replaced with new ones, expertise in terms of communication and virtual team-building are more important than ever, requiring new approaches. This module will prepare students to become agile and adaptive global business professionals with a heightened awareness of ethics, empathy and self-awareness in themselves and their employees. These fundamental skills determine the leaders who can grab opportunities in an increasingly disruptive business landscape, while at the same time developing a thriving workforce who will succeed over the long-term. Excellent communication, productive and resilient teams and an allegiance to high ethical standards will help companies withstand the porosity that makes others susceptible to quick rises and equally quick falls.

Based on the double concepts of Growth Mindset and Emotional Agility, the module is designed around three main competencies and 18 behavioural skills.

This module is distinct from the other modules, in that direct coaching interaction with the professor and peer coaching observation by the professor continues throughout the program.

3. Power, Authenticity and the Dark Arts of Leaderships (30 credits)

This module will draw from the fields of psychology, philosophy, and cultural criticism, as well as closely examining business case studies of toxic work environments. We will consider various types of power and the part it plays in shaping both psychological mind sets and predictable pressure points for leaders and followers. We will look at how to manage power and ways to successfully navigate situations in which you either have power or are subordinate to it. Two related components of this are Influence and Authenticity. A significant portion of the module will be spent discussing different types of influence, how to become more skilled at influencing persuasively, and how to effectively influence when you do not have power. We will also consider authenticity, in particular, in relation to the concept of Dark Emotional Intelligence. All too often, the concept of emotional intelligence is presented as an absolute good. Indeed, in its ideal form, emotional intelligence is an essential skill without which individuals have an extremely difficult time being successful in their interpersonal interactions. In the power politics that can take place in working environments, however, individuals with highly developed dark EQ are extremely skilled at discerning the emotions of others and skilfully manipulating them for their own ends. We will examine how to manage such situations and how to develop one’s own emotional intelligence, so as to successfully navigate whatever environment one finds oneself in.

The content is designed with a structure to reflect the method of a practitioner in practice.

4. Strategies for the Digital Economy (30 credits)

Machine learning, Internet of Everything (IOE), AI, Blockchain, Robotics, and Edge Computing are simply more than just emerging technologies. It is universally acknowledged that they have disruptive power across all sectors and communities by making existing business models and processes redundant. This module explores strategies that business and professional service firm leaders could adopt to make the leap to the Digital Economy, through practical models and frameworks.

When combined with the other modules in this MBA in Leadership, students will be equipped to become agents of change.

5. Leaders in History and Literature (30 credits)

The Leaders in Literature and History Module will examine examples of leadership in both literature, history, business and politics in order to explore psychological and social profiles of leaders. It will also consider how leadership has been imagined and how this informs our concepts and expectations of leadership and leaders. Well-known historical examples of both “good” and “bad” leadership will be examined in context, exploring how environments help determine what is considered great leadership and providing a history of the concept of from the ancient Greeks to the present day. What can we learn from this and how can it inform our contemporary concepts of great leadership? The module will challenge students to deconstruct their assumed notions and reconstruct a portrait of themselves as leaders based on an in-depth self-assessment and analysis of their potential. The module will include individual and group exercises and will require reading in historical and literary sources.

6. Professional Services Management (30 credits)

It has always been the case that people in the knowledge economy require highly skilled leaders to manage them. With emerging technologies turbocharging the careers of certain types of knowledge workers, significant leadership focus is being placed on how to keep these high value employees engaged. This module explores types of leadership strategies, such as authentic leadership, and servant leadership, offering practical skills in the management of professional services firms.

Executive Mentoring

In addition to covering core business fundamentals, a strong emphasis of the programme is developing the behavioural competencies of delegates.

This is achieved through a behavioural executive competency skill based model, proven to be highly effective in the corporate world.

This entails peer coaching which takes place during the weekend workshops, as well as delegates having continual access to teaching professors outside of the weekend workshops.

During the normal working week, delegates are encouraged to hold regular face to face and virtual meetings with the teaching professors to discuss real world issues arising in their professional role which relate to the theory on the course.

Who is this course for?

This MBA is designed for middle and senior executives interested in developing their leadership skills in order to move into increasingly senior roles.

Typical career paths include progressing from functional roles to functional leadership, general management or partner level roles.

The programme is ideal for executives working within the professional services sector such as lawyers, consultants and any professional executive involved in managing change or transformation within their organisation.

How Will You Learn

Executive Study Format

The course is delivered through an executive format via interactive and facilitative workshops.

Theory is supplemented with case discussions and practice providing ample opportunity to acquire knowledge from other delegates and build vital connections.

Sessions are held once a month from 9:00 to 17:30 pm over a three day weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Face to face sessions are supported by online resources powered by the latest Learning Management System along with collaborative tools to share insight.

Over a period of 18 months, 12 weekends cover the course modules with a further 2 weekends focusing on the final dissertation or project.

Delegates are also encouraged to participate in face to face and virtual individual sessions with the course professors during the working week when real life work contexts arise relating to the theory being learnt on the course.

This enables delegates to consolidate the theoretical aspects of the course and understand their practical application. This style of mentoring and coaching leads to the rapid development of executive behavioural competencies.

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