Future Leaders' Boot Camp - New Executive Education Program at CEIBS

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IEDP who monitors world class executive development spoke to Professor Nikos Tsikriktsis at China International Business School (CEIBS) about the latest introduction of their innovative new executive education program - the Future Leaders' Bootcamp, which aims to develop and strengthen leader capabilities in talented experts inside organisations. First participants will be welcomed in early October 2013 and will experience a challenging, intensive and interactive program tailored for the needs of up-and-coming leaders.

Leadership cannot be taught, it can be learnt through practice and experience.

Organizations at all levels are continuing to struggle with maintaining their leadership pipeline, and research shows that the best performing companies are good at developing their own leaders internally. This means that future leaders need to be identified early on and be prepared to take on broader management responsibilities. Prof Nikos Tsikriktsis has been working with the high-potential future leaders for the last four years and notes that "the transition from a technical expert to broader management responsibilities is a tricky one; it is often the first time these bright, successful people will have had to manage the ambiguity and uncertainty that comes with directing and motivating teams of people - and that requires a heightened level of confidence and self-awareness."

Tsikriktsis believes that while leadership cannot be taught, it can be learnt through practice and experience – and that as leadership is only possible in a group it has to be learnt in a group, and most effectively in a group that is homogenous in terms of general level of experience and management authority but also diverse in terms of cultures, business sectors and expertise. He has been running programs for emerging managers in Europe and now in China for several years and developed a successful structure for establishing improved personal and business skills for future leaders that are transitioning to leadership roles.

However, as important as the knowledge exchange element is in bringing transitioning leaders up-to-speed on the business fundamentals they will require as their responsibilities become broader, with the bootcamp’s two modules covering finance, economics, marketing, operations and strategy – it is the behaviour change element of the leadership focus that is the part that cannot be achieved without the group and the facilitation expertise of the faculty and coaches.

Read more on the IEDP website: http://www.iedp.com/Blog/Future_Leaders_Boot_Camp.

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