Coming from an emerging market like India, when I decided to do my MBA it was definitely for a lot of the usual reasons – building my toolbox, sharpening the edges after over a decade of working, making a career switch, and learning from a diverse class in an international and developed economy. But these reasons could have made me apply to any good business school across the globe. So, why did I decide to do my MBA at Copenhagen Business School? Everyone familiar with the MBA market would promptly mention the focus on sustainable business practices and sustainability as the reason. My classmates and I agreed with this up until we started the program. The curriculum introduced us to another subject – the Leadership Discovery Process, or LDP for short. We knew LDP to be a key pillar of the Copenhagen MBA since we had heard and read about the mysterious week-long outdoor stint in Sweden, but we did not really gauge the significance of the course. It has been one and a half months since we embarked on our MBA journey and I can confidently say this: Copenhagen Business School has two unique propositions; Sustainable Business Practices and the Leadership Discovery Process.
The Leadership Discovery is an individual journey designed to define our personal effective leadership style. While all of us have, in some form, displayed as well as experienced leadership in our careers to date, the LDP will introduce us to the detailed theory behind effective leadership and translate this learning into concrete action and behavior, especially in demanding situations. It is a first and foremost a journey of self-discovery, because only when you know yourself well can you lead others towards a shared vision.
Neuroscience introduces us to an interesting leadership proposal: Getting to know ourselves better, first as a person (how we perceive ourselves as well as others), then as a leader so we can guide and coach from a place of self-awareness. Because the biggest roadblock in our journey of leadership discovery is SELF. NeuroLeadership helps us identify the obstacles and systematically work on overcoming them.