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Leadership skills

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.

At the beginning of the Leadership in Action module, which runs throughout the year, you will be introduced to advanced concepts in developing leadership skills. The focus is to give you a practical yet theoretically grounded collection of tools you can use to be an effective leader and developer of people – one who earns the respect, appreciation and gratitude of the people who work with and for you in your future career.

During the Leadership in Action module, you will also learn how to use design thinking techniques to lead in uncertain times in order to foster creative confidence and enable innovation.

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
I particularly enjoyed the Leadership in Action module because I experienced the biggest personal development through that class. In contrast to most other modules, Leadership in Action placed an emphasis on teaching soft skills such as negotiation, coaching and leadership which I found to be extremely valuable.
MSc International Management 2020
Yingying Fang, MSc International Management 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School