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Cass MBA students put leadership skills to the test at Sandhurst

Full time MBA students get to grips with personal leadership during Achieving Your Potential Week

Leaving the lecture hall for the grounds of the elite Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Cass MBA students got out of their comfort zones for an intensive course in leadership as part of their Professional Development Week.

The Achieving Your Potential programme, delivered in partnership with Inspirational Development Group (IDG), helped students to build their knowledge and skills in effective partnership working, followership and leadership.

The three day learning event was staged at the British Army's world-renowned officer training headquarters where cadets are introduced to key leadership principles such as creating clarity of purpose, building co-operation and maintenance of morale in challenging or ambiguous contexts.

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The professional development team at Cass designed the course in partnership with IDG experts, tailoring the programme specifically to meet MBA students' needs. IDG maintains an exclusive relationship with Sandhurst, enabling privileged access to the Sandhurst site and facilities.

As the first and only business school to offer this custom-made experiential development programme with IDG at Sandhurst, Cass continues to lead the way in offering MBA students the best possible opportunities for personal and professional development.

Students engaged in plenary sessions about leadership theory, delving into the characteristics of effective leadership, the indicators of leadership potential and the process of building personal brand and positive politics.

Though they were spared the gruelling training of Sandhurst cadets, with the programme focus on experiential development, IDG experts took students out into the 2,000 acre grounds of the Sandhurst site to put theory into practice.

In a series of outdoor group challenges students experimented with the theories and concepts they'd discussed, exploring their current leadership approach, trying new behaviours and receiving valuable feedback from their peers and IDG facilitators

'IDG provided us with a great experience at Sandhurst,' writes MBA student Ben Surdeau. 'It was a good place to learn about leadership, following in the footsteps of countless army officers who had done just the same. We were encouraged to think of business leadership through a military lens which allowed the synergies between the two environments to become clear. There was a good balance between classroom based theoretical work and outdoor activity, culminating with an assault course challenge on the final day.'

Students attended a dinner in the ceremonial Indian Army Room to celebrate the programme, with Cass Dean Steve Haberman, academics and the Careers and Professional Development Team.

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Guest speaker Guy Munnoch offered leadership wisdom from his successful career as a Commanding Officer in the British Army followed by 21 years working in leading Financial Services roles which have included Non-Executive Director at Aviva Insurance Ltd, CEO of General Insurance UK and CEO of Southern Africa for Zurich.

Dean Steve Haberman spoke to the students about the importance of good leadership skills.

"Employers want more than individuals who have experienced a world class curriculum - they want individuals with high self-awareness, and individuals that can work in teams and indeed can lead teams. Our focus on employability is a key differentiator. The most successful MBA graduates are those who adopt a twin-track strategy and focus on the academic and personal development agenda at the same time, not sequentially.''

Alexander Cross, Head of Professional Development at Cass, said: "The Achieving your Potential programme at Sandhurst was a great success. The opportunity for students to put theory in to practice, experiment with different leadership behaviours and receive feedback from the highly experienced coaches and professional development experts from IDG will prove to be invaluable. The programme supports our employability skills agenda and ensures that Cass will continue to produce highly effective business leaders.''

To see more pictures from the the course visit the Cass Facebook page.

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