Emerging Leaders Programme Off to a Fantastic Start!

Participants from Newcastle, Bristol, Finland and Strasbourg at the opening session of this year’s Emerging Leaders Programme

Between March 14 and 16, 2018, Team Academy Newcastle were delighted to host the first module of the Emerging Leadership Programme 2018 (ELP 2018) for the Team Academy Network.

Team Academy is a global network of institutions across 10 countries running immersive experiential entrepreneurship programmes where students set up and run real business projects in coached teams.  BA (Hons) Entrepreneurial Business Management (est. 2013) at Northumbria University was one of the first of its kind in the UK and we were delighted to host the opening module of the Emerging Leaders Programme at Team Academy Newcastle this year.

This programme aims to empower team entrepreneurs as leader, giving them a deeper understanding of leadership models, through collaborative team learning processes and Team Academy tools. The course is composed of  three modules, each of them held in different UK Universities: the first module in Northumbria University Newcastle, the second in Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, and the third in University of the West of England in Bristol.

Students from Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä in Finland, Team Academy Strasbourg in France, TA Bristol and TA Newcastle make up the 12  emerging leaders  in the programme this year. Having this cross-cultural team has been amazingly fruitful for all of us, as we could share and discuss similarities and differences in experience and knowledge.

During the three days we tried to identify our personal and business challenges in terms of leadership. For example, how to find appropriate leaders within groups, how to develop leadership skills, or how to understand particular situations as a leadership issue, in comparison to, say, a management one.

Having our particular concerns and challenges, we worked in various dynamics, and went through different leadership models, such as transformational leadership and shared leadership. We also discussed the nature of leadership, compared to entrepreneurship, as well as gender and leadership structures. For this we had some guests and a better understanding of  reality in leadership, and also how society performs in terms of gender equality, and unfortunately in inequality.  One of our guests, Alison Freer (Director of Learning and Consulting at Durham Lane) commented, “Leadership impact is now more significant than ever before to the health and sustainability of organisations, businesses and societies. Insightful, challenging programmes like this are essential for shaping and stretching leadership concepts and modelling the behaviours needed to counteract out-dated stereotypes.”

Angus Robson, Senior Lecturer and leader of this module of the programme commented, ““It was great to host an international group from Newcastle, Bristol, Jyväskylä and Strasbourg. They are running some interesting businesses and they’re full of ideas. More of this next year, I hope!”

Overall, these three days were wonderful for having a better understanding of leadership, as well as identifying and getting into our individual and team leadership challenges. However, we believe that the most positive aspect of this module has been the group, which has been lively and supportive.

The second module will be held in Lincoln in mid-April with the purpose of learning about “Dangerous Leadership”. We will keep you updated.