International Leadership Development Program (I-LEAD) at UNSW

Wednesday, 11 December 2013  Features

Young aspiring executives from around the globe will take part in an intensive week-long leadership program in early January at the Australian School of Business (ASB) at the University of New South Wales.

The program, known as I-LEAD, will host elite students and staff from the world's leading business schools. I-LEAD is a flagship graduate leadership development program and is a collaborative partnership led by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Australian School of Business at UNSW, and France's INSEAD Business School.

Outstanding students and staff from thirteen leading business schools across six continents are participating in the inaugural program. The schools include Wharton, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, London Business School, Copenhagen, INSEAD, IE, Cass, Auckland Business School, Wits, NUS, Universidad de Chile and the Australian School of Business.

Twelve students from the Australian School of Business will be taking part - ten studying for an M​BA at the Australian Graduate School of Management and two other postgraduate students.

The participants in the inaugural I-LEAD program - the first of its kind in the world - will participate in workshops run by successful and prominent business executives and leaders.

The "multinational" teams, known as I-TEAMs, each comprising six Masters and MBA students drawn from the different schools, will challenge their leadership skills during practical workshops with key industry speakers. These workshops are followed by a leadership residential camp at Broken Bay Island in the Hawkesbury River.

"The Australian School of Business continues to provide distinct leadership development and business engagement opportunities for graduate students. Our vision for the I-LEAD Program is to be recognised globally as 'a unique and leading international leadership development program', the first of its kind offered by any business school in the world," says I-LEAD program director Shahid Majeed.

"I-LEAD is an ambitious international program designed to facilitate a dynamic and contemporary international leadership development experience. The program enables graduate students to refine leadership skills and increases their exposure to international business leadership issues," says Shahid.

The I-LEAD program will run from 6 to12 January 2014, at UNSW and at the residential camp on Broken Bay Island.