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Postgraduate Course: Leadership and Professional Development (EMBA) (CMSE11220)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThis skills-based programme is designed to help Executive MBA participants enhance their leadership and professional competence as well as their ability to successfully pitch for promotion or apply to new senior executive roles in a range of organisations.
Course description The programme has three important strands: diagnosis (to build awareness of personal strengths and developmental needs), delivery (taught input on underpinning concepts to help individuals become aware of the key requirements for effective team work, leadership and communication); and development (individual feedback and 1:1 professional, leadership and career coaching to help participants articulate and demonstrate improvement in key skills). At key points on the EMBA, the course provides an integrating role to link in-course skills elements (e.g. presentations) to personal development goals and achievements.

Introduction to Teams and Belbin
Building High Performing Teams
Emotional Intelligence and an introduction to coaching
Presentation skills
Networking skills/ Job search strategy
Building your personal brand and Linkedin
Interviews and assessments

Student Learning Experience
The course is spread across the two years of the EMBA with key events including a two-day residential block focused on high performing teams. Independent workshops and activities are supported by a range of online exercises and independent directed reading. All students are individually coached. Teaching contributors include faculty and external training providers and consultants.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically discuss key business competencies for effective team work, leadership and communication in senior executive roles.
  2. Understand how to define a personal development, career plan and job search strategy, through a high level of self-awareness and the ability to assess personal development needs.
  3. Understand and critically discuss employer requirements in industry sectors of specific interest to the participant.
  4. Understand the role, nature and application of diagnostic tests and assessment techniques deployed by employers.
Reading List
Stein S and Book H (2011) The EQ Edge (3rd Edition) Emotional Intelligence and Your Success.

Covey S (2004) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive and Subject-Specific Skills:
Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and the ability to assess personal development needs.
Able to develop realistic leadership, professional and career development plans.
Able to effectively apply the STAR approach in competency-based interviews.
Able to apply a structured approach to the development of personal branding tools such as CV and profiles.

Transferable Skills:
Skills of argument development and persuasion.
Skills of personal promotion and projection (verbal and non-verbal).
Skills for networking and relationship building.
Ability to work effectively (as both team player and leader) in diverse functional and cultural teams.
Ability to communicate and present with influence and impact in a public forum.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course includes workshops and activities supported by self-study covering a range of online exercises and independent directed reading. Activities will include group and individual tasks, with all students being individually coached. Teaching contributors will include faculty and external training providers and consultants.
KeywordsSkills Communication Leadership Coaching
Course organiserMrs Amanda Singleton
Tel: (0131 6)50 2444
Course secretaryMs Inga Ackermann
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854
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