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Career and Leadership Journey

  • Module code: BH7546
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: None
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

The Career and Leadership Journey module runs throughout your studies at Kingston and aims to support you in your personal and professional development through an emphasis on the refining of leadership, teamworking and the acquisition and refining of executive and professional skills. It also aims to prepare Senior Apprentices to meet Behavioural Standards for their End Point Assessment (EPA). The module builds on the recommendations of joint research undertaken by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) aimed at meeting the growing demands from employers for business schools to produce more professionally adept managers and leaders. You will develop a number of valuable transferable skills via a series of workshops, each focused on a different aspect of your leadership, managerial and professional development, and help you develop as an individual those areas of most relevance to you. Throughout your journey you will also be able to track and assess your own individual progress. Module workshops and other activities are delivered by a range of academics and practitioners.

Aims

Through an emphasis on experiential learning the module aims to enable you:

  • to embark on a journey of personal and professional self-discovery and development;
  • to develop and refine key leadership, executive and professional skills you will require in order to redirect your career and/or develop into more senior leadership roles;
  • to develop critical reflection skills to enhance your personal and professional development;
  • to understand the factors that influence your professional positioning, and to draw on these when applying for jobs.

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • critically appraise and reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, and integrate insights generated by self-assessment tools and other activities in your personal and professional development process;
  • use reflective process to ask questions and open up own thinking and critically appraise your own actions in order to learn and transform own managerial skills at the work place;
  • apply the level of skills required of manager, leader and team member in various group and organisational contexts;
  • critically appraise your own leadership style/s and key executive and professional skills as well as appreciate what is involved in working with and leading others;
  • own and drive your own job search strategy both immediately post-MBA and longer term.

Curriculum content

Workshops and other activities will cover the following:

  • Assessment Centre (Personality and Leadership profiling, teambuilding and teamworking, presentation)
  • Critical reflection
  • Self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence
  • Professional positioning (Positioning strategy, CV, LinkedIn, Networking)
  • Interview skills practice and feedback
  • Having presence
  • Advanced presentation skills
  • Working in teams
  • Effective communication, influencing and persuading skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Leading others
  • Executive coaching (only for Exec MBA in Year 2)

Teaching and learning strategy

To kick-start your career and leadership journey, we offer an Assessment Centre. The aim of the Assessment Centre is to enable you to identify your own individual strengths and areas of development by exploring your personality, leadership and teamwork styles. You will also spend time building core relationships with your E/MBA family. At the end of the Assessment Centre, you will develop an individualised development plan.

Based on your development plan you will then have the opportunity to develop your skills as a leader/manager/team member via a series of workshops, all of which contribute towards getting to know yourself better, gaining in confidence, and to position yourself for the next step in your career. In addition, there will be scheduled surgery meetings with the MBA career coach to work on setting/progressing your actual job search plan.

The second year of Executive MBA will have a more individual focus and involve up to three one-hour executive coaching sessions aimed at helping you address the leadership challenges you face in the workplace.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Assessment centre and face-to-face workshops Career coaching Executive coaching (for Year 2 EMBA only) Executive/ Russia 50 Full-Time 50 Executive/ Russia 3 Full-Time 3 Executive/ Russia 3
Guided independent study Executive/ Russia 44 Full-Time 47
Study abroad / placement
Total Executive/ Russia 10 Full-Time 100
Total (number of credits x 10) 0

Assessment strategy

Formative assessment will take place during Assessment Centre day, workshops and other scheduled module activities and consist of oral discussions with and feedback from facilitators, MBA career and executive coaches and peers.

Summative assessment will consist of a reflective portfolio.

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
Critically appraise and reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, and integrate insights generated by self-assessment tools and other activities in your personal and professional development process Assessment Centre Discussions with and feedback from facilitators, MBA career and executive coahes Reflective portfolio
Use reflective process to ask questions and open up own thinking and critically appraise your own actions in order to learn and transform own practice Discussions with and feedback from facilitators, MBA career and executive coahes Reflective portfolio
Apply the level of skills required of manager and leader in various group and organisational contexts Workshop activities Discussions with and feedback from MBA career and executive coaches Mock interview and presentation feedback Reflective portfolio
Critically appraise your own leadership style/s and key executive and professional skills as well as appreciate what is involved in working with and leading others Assessment Centre Discussions with and feedback from facilitators, MBA career and executive coahes Mock interview feedback Reflective portfolio
Own and drive your own job search strategy both immediately post-MBA and longer term. Discussions with and feedback from MBA career coaches Development and progression of job search plan

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
Coursework (Reflective portfolio) 100%
100%
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS a requirement that the major element of assessment is passed in order to achieve an overall pass for the module.

Bibliography core texts

Cottrell, Stella (latest edition) Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

Bibliography recommended reading

Bolden, R., Hawkins, B., Gosling, J. and Taylor, S. (2011) Exploring Leadership, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Buckingham, M. (2006) The One Thing You Need to Know About Great Managing, Great Leading and Sustained Success, London: Simon Schuster

Buckingham, M and Clifton, D. (2004) Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage, London: Simon Schuster

Caproni, P, J, (2012) Management Skills for Everyday Success, London: Pearson

Clark T., Osterwader A and Pigneur Y. (2012) Business Model You: a One Page Method for Reinventing your Career, New York: John Wiley & Sons

Goldsmith, M. (2011) What Got You Here Won't Get You There, Mundelein, IL.: Writers of the Round Table Press

Goleman, D. (2006) Emotional Intelligence: Why Can It Matter More Than IQ?, New York: Bantam Dell

Grint, K. (2005) Leadership: Limits and Possibilities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jackson, B and Parry, K (2008) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership, London: Sage.

Lencioni, P. (2002) The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, New York: Jossey Bass

MIntzberg, H (2009) Managing, San Franciso: Berrett Koehler

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