Learning to lead
Learning to lead is a lifetime pursuit. Exceptional leadership is the result of a unique combination of innate endowment, attitudes and values acquired in childhood, learning that results from broadening challenges on the job, mentoring, modeling oneself against others, and formal education. The learning processes set in motion at ESMT reflect past professional experience and future goals; they are located at the juncture between professional practice and the acquisition of powerful concepts and theory. ESMT reaches that goal by creating various learning contexts that include a practice project and a field project, individual mentoring and research in small groups, and classroom learning.
Inductive and deductive learning
Without question, classroom learning goes significantly beyond transmitting pre-packaged wisdom to those who have come to receive it. Rather, it involves a balance between inductive and deductive learning processes. In the first approach, ESMT uses complex examples from practice to develop conceptual insight; in the second approach, learned theory or concepts are applied to practical problems. The use of cases, experiential exercises and lively discussions facilitate the discovery process. In ESMT’s MBA program, participants and faculty embark together on an exciting and highly rewarding journey.