It’s a Tall order for these Deakin MBA students
A group of MBA students and their teachers have crossed the Tasman Sea and Bass Strait into Williamstown – a sea journey of almost 800 kilometres – all for the sake of learning and leadership.
Deakin University’s aptly named MBA course unit, Audacious Leadership, sent 21 students on a nautical assignment, on January 17, 2011 – departing from Hobart on board the One and All tall ship.
Dr John McWilliams, Senior Lecturer from the Deakin Graduate School of Business, said the participating students were mature-aged working professionals from a diverse range of industries.
‘I’ve got participants who are senior managers and leaders working in organisations as diverse as ANZ Bank, Destination Melbourne and government departments,’ Dr Mc Williams said.
‘For many of them, this will be a trip of a lifetime. It places our academic teaching of leadership within a very real and practical framework. The aim of the unit is to provide participants with a deep understanding of their own capacity for leadership as well as reflection on the actions of leaders and followers.’
Dr McWilliams said it wouldn’t be all fun in the sun and sea for the students.
‘Most have never sailed on board a traditional sailing ship,’ he said. ‘The crew will train them on how to handle and navigate, and then they are expected to take over the ship with minimal supervision.’
You can read more at Deakin University’s website, or find out more about becoming an audacious leader.