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Cass MBAs hone leadership skills at Sandhurst

Cass MBA students got out of their comfort zones for an intensive course in leadership at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Exiting the lecture hall and the City of London 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 contexts. Cass MBA students experimented with these principles in a series of practical outdoor challenges.


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 addition the cohort were led in plenary sessions focusing on personal brand and positive politics, problem types and decision cycles and tolerance of ambiguity.

The professional development team at Cass designed the course in partnership with IDG experts, tailoring the programme to specifically to meet MBA students’ needs; IDG maintain an exclusive relationship with Sandhurst which enables privileged access to the world class site and facilities.

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

"The IDG team provided us with a unique experience that enabled us to combine our classroom knowledge with military leadership analogies. This interaction between the two empowered us to make fast and effective decisions, leaving us inspired to transfer these skills into our business life moving forward.”

Kathleen Edmondson, Full-time MBA student

Ruben Puey, a full-time MBA student, said: "IDG gave us the opportunity to get to know our colleagues better, exploiting our strengths and understanding our limitations working in a team. We learned how to collaborate with each other, understood the difficulties that can be presented in teams and learned about leadership through a military view and its applicability in the business environment. The experiences shared by the army officer facilitators opened our minds to different ways of approaching difficulties. Sandhurst is a paradise, and we had the unique opportunity to be there for 3 days."

On the second evening students attended a dinner in the historic Former Army Staff College to celebrate the programme, with new Dean Professor Marianne Lewis, Dr. Sionade Robinson and Dr. Wayne Holland, along with members of the Careers and Professional Development Team.

Alexander Cross, Leadership and Coaching Consultant 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. In addition this type of activity accelerates the development of deep connections between students forged during the unique Cass MBA experience, connections that will be maintained, appreciated and leveraged way beyond the duration of the course.''

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