A new masters degree aimed at addressing the ’emotional and physical’
aspects of being a leader is the latest attempt to address the leadership
deficit identified by the government and industry groups as a key factor in the
UK’s productivity gap.
The Masters in Organisational Leadership and Change at Bristol Business
School focuses on the capacities and skills necessary to lead in an environment
of change and uncertainty. Director Peter Simpson says it is unique from other
advanced management qualifications in its strong emphasis on linking coursework
to ongoing organisational issues participants are dealing with in their work.
"As you would on an MBA, we’re using case studies, but there’s an
emphasis on how this fits with current work situations.
"We’ve used a lot of drama and trainers of actors, connecting with the
emotional and physical aspects of leading as well as the cognitive and
rational," said Simpson.