Alfred Ford School of Management offers MBA program with online delivery plus one-week residency on Conscious Leadership, open also for participants who are not yet studying with us. This year’s residency program will be held in Belgium from June 18-24.
During the residency week, you can expect bouts of teamwork exercises and networking opportunities that will leave you with lifetime memories. The high-impact sessions will be filled with interactive classes, case studies, and team assignments. With students from every continent, it will be a truly international experience and an opportunity to get to know fellow future leaders. Those who successfully pass the assessments will receive the certificate from the Alfred Ford School of Management.
To our students, this residency week gives the opportunity to complement the online part of their studies with an onsite learning experience with all its benefits. For others, it will be an opportunity to explore our program, hear the first-hand experiences from other students and familiarize yourself with the cutting-edge approach in leadership today – the conscious leadership.
Conscious Leadership – in short
Rather than fusing together diverse talents to arrive at positive and high impact goals, most often, individuals within a team present the most substantial obstacles to the goals. If organizations truly understood, beyond the smooth PR talk, how the inspired team member naturally engenders increased creativity and productivity, the face of business would look dramatically different.
In organizations, where a performance-oriented culture and responsible approach are understood to be the foundations of success, it is critical to create an environment of creativity, commitment, trust and collaboration. This module is aimed at training individuals to naturally facilitate such a work atmosphere based on high levels of personal awareness and inspiration.
Weekly Schedule + Excursion to Brussels
- 08:30 – Breakfast
- 10:00 – 13:00 – Classes
- 13.30 – Lunch
- 15:00 – 18:00 – Classes
- 18.30 – Dinner
On Saturday students will join in a whole-day excursion with teachers and AFSM team. We will have a noon session in the Forum Renaissance in Brussels having guest speakers following with the lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated for sightseeing.
The superb location of the school and its progressive teaching are not the only elements that will have an impact on your learning experience. The Alfred Ford School of Management campus buildings are situated on a forty-seven-acre property in the foothills of the Ardennes mountains, a tranquil setting perfect for study, adjacent to the historic and picturesque Chateau de Petite Somme. All buildings are within the walking distance – unconventional classroom, accommodation, restaurant and other places of interest.
We arrange pickups from any place in Belgium – two weeks before the event transportation forms are sent to be filled out by students. Price of the pickup is included in the residency fee.
Dates, Fees and Registration
18 June – 24 June 2018
The module fee of 950 EUR includes accommodation in shared rooms and 3 meals per day. Additional charges apply in the case of earlier arrival or later departure.
Please register here.
Conscious Leadership – syllabus
Session 1 – Introduction to Conscious Leadership & Crimson Greetings Simulation
We open by understanding our notion of what makes a leader, how our varied ideas on leadership affect us, and what makes for conscious leadership. We then gain personal experience of how our own leadership plays out in different scenarios.
Session 2 – Understanding Your Ego & Levels of Consciousness
We closely examine the connection between consciousness and leadership by looking at the driving force behind all our decision-making – our egos. Our egos bring specific sets of gifts and insecurities that strongly influence how we view the world. Without building powerful awareness of how our egos function, it’s impossible to be at our most effective in decision-making and in relationships. This module will serve as an introduction to three levels of consciousness and nine specific ego lenses (the Enneagram framework) that give rise to nine different leadership styles.
Session 3 – The Challenger & The Peace-Seeker
We tour the first two leadership styles: The Challenger and The Peace-Seeker. Through stories, film clips and exercises, we’ll enter the world of these two types for a full experience of how they show up and can positively or negatively impact others, according to their level of consciousness.
Session 4 – The Moralist & Group Panel
We tour the next leadership style: The Moralist. Through stories, film clips and exercises, we’ll enter the world of the type for a full experience of how they show up and can positively or negatively impact others, according to their level of consciousness. We then form a panel made up of students who identify as Challengers, Peace-Seekers, and Moralists, where they share personal experiences of what it’s like to be their personality type.
Session 5 – The Helper & The Achiever
We tour the fourth and fifth leadership styles: The Helper and The Achiever. Through stories, film clips and exercises, we’ll enter the world of these two types for a full experience of how they show up and can positively or negatively impact others, according to their level of consciousness.
Session 6 – The Individualist & Group Panel
We tour the sixth leadership style: The Individualist. Through stories, film clips and exercises, we’ll enter the world of the type for a full experience of how they show up and can positively or negatively impact others, according to their level of consciousness. We then form a panel made up of students who identify as Helpers, Achievers, and Individualists, where they share personal experiences of what it’s like to be their personality type.
Session 7 – The Investigator & The Loyalist
We tour the seventh and eighth leadership styles: The Investigator and The Loyalist. Through stories, film clips and exercises, we’ll enter the world of these two types for a full experience of how they show up and can positively or negatively impact others, according to their level of consciousness.
Session 8 – The Enthusiast & Group Panel
We tour the ninth and last leadership style: The Enthusiast. Through stories, film clips and exercises, we’ll enter the world of the type for a full experience of how they show up and can positively or negatively impact others, according to their level of consciousness. We then form a panel made up of students who identify as Investigators, Loyalists, and Enthusiasts, where they share personal experiences of what it’s like to be their personality type.
Session 9 – Conscious Leadership Case Competition
We break into groups to solve a multi-faceted organizational dilemma using our insights into the nine leadership styles and the levels of consciousness. Students present their solutions as we determine together what’s effective and what are the pitfalls.
Session 10 – Conclusion
This closing session will bring together key takeaways and encourage regular practices for each of the leadership styles. We will have one final Q&A session to gain clarifications and crystallize our learnings, followed by sharing our personal reflections from the week together.
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