Leadership in Action

Leaders become great and successful, not because of the position of power, but because of their ability to empower people and lead change.  In uncertain times, leaders need to be resilient and agile to respond to fast-changing environments.

The Leadership in Action module runs throughout the year and allows you to gain international consulting experience.

The focus of the module is on developing your leadership potential, through managing a real design thinking consulting project from inception to completion in a global context. Drawing on the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme, you will apply problem-solving techniques to a complex and challenging business problem, and apply your learning by developing a product or service.

As part of the module you will travel abroad for a week, test your business model in a different cultural and socioeconomic environment and deliver a solution to the client. You will be coached and mentored throughout the project by faculty and will complete the module by writing an individual reflective piece around your learning. In previous years, students have travelled to Brazil and India.

This fully immersive module will form the backbone of the programme and will give you an understanding of how to perform effectively as individuals, within a team and within an organisation. The module will raise global awareness through experiencing first-hand how socioeconomic and cultural differences can affect the way that business is conducted in another country.

"Traditionally, the word ‘leader’ conjures up images of dominant, assertive, Type-A characters. Someone who pulls no punches, who takes no prisoners, who leads from the front. It’s time, however, we evolved our thinking beyond this outmoded concept which has been culturally and societally ingrained for so long. Good leaders of today are inspiring, nurturing and caring figures; in short they are empathetic and emotionally intelligent. Design thinking plays a crucial role in helping develop such leadership skills. It helps develop the ability to empathise with the people you are designing an innovative service or product for. It helps create a collaborative relationship within the team and with clients and stakeholders. Most importantly, it helps see failure as an opportunity to grow and learn from mistakes. Design thinkers know that not every idea is a good one, but they permit risk taking and they are eager to experiment with innovative and creative solutions."
Dr Ileana Stigliani
Associate Professor of Design and Innovation, teaches on the Leadership in Action module
Ileana Stigliani
"Leadership skills are a quintessentially important need (not a want) for future leaders. A skill for making people ready to create, lead and embrace change for themselves and others. It’s a must-have ingredient for a resilient organisation and its organisational success."
Sankalp Chaturvedi
Associate Professor of OB and Leadership, teaches on the Leadership in Action module
Sankalp Chaturvedi
"Employers are increasingly focusing on how to attract and retain top graduates that can evidence robust and agile leadership skills. They are seeking candidates that can adapt in uncertain times and show resilience, while maintaining high emotional intelligence. The programme content delivered in the MSc International Management, alongside the world-class Careers provision, make our graduates a top choice for many companies across the world."
Sarah Ranchev-Hale
Assistant Director of Careers, Employer Relations
Staff member Karen Tweddle