Main theme:

Be the Best Global Leader:

Whatever future path you take, knowing how to lead people from diverse cultures in a global world will be crucial for success. As a CEMS student you are likely to have diverse cultural backgrounds and have been exposed to many different geographies. While of course having the background is important, how do you use this to become your best self?

This course will help you to get the best out of YOU and go out into the world with practical insights that you will be able to apply in your life from the very next day. 

Overall Objectives:

We will discover together how to effectively communicate with and lead across diverse cultures; what culture shock means to you personally; your individual cultural snapshot for practical use in a global environment; as well as concrete corporate mistakes, learnings, practical stories and anecdotes. 

At the end of the course, you would have gained the following:

- Awareness of the evolving role of Leadership (including managing diversity & inclusion)
- Clear understanding of cross-cultural dimensions & how to effectively communicate/lead across diverse cultures 
- Awareness of Culture Shock & how to navigate the Cycle of Shock
- Opportunity to start critically analyzing your individual cultural ‘snapshot’ for practical use in a “real” global environment
- Chance to hear concrete Corporate mistakes & learnings from a Senior Executive, ‘anecdotes/stories’ from your colleagues & practice through concrete business case study and small group work

The Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimensions Model will form the basic framework; overall visibility also on other existing models.

Teaching Methodology & Evaluation:

Key to the course will be hands-on interaction, tangible cases and lively discussion...most importantly you will have fun whilst learning! smile

The course will be a good blend between theory and practice – Four 1-day sessions (including small group work and interactions) & small group work outside class.

Your diverse cross-cultural backgrounds will be the basis for enhanced personal awareness and bridging the cultural gap.  The course will use the following teaching methods:

1.Individual preparation and reading

2.Theory and concepts 

3.Case study &/or Role play

4.Small group work and presentation by small groups

Evaluation is based on class participation - active participation and interactions in group exercises and teamwork (30%) and Group Project (Exam) (70%).

Overall CEMS Courses' Learning Outcomes:

Develop skills in order to pursue an effective global career while keeping the core CEMS values of being responsible leaders contributing to a more open, sustainable, inclusive world. 

- Internationalism
- Business-embeddedness
- Responsible citizenship
- Reflective critical thinking
- Comprehensive leadership