Since 1989, EADA has been pioneering the use of on-site outdoor training methodology and the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) is part of all EADA programmes in all their programmes, to promote the development of soft-skills in their students. Recreating and bringing the physical and emotional elements into play help the students develop soft skills and transversal competences that will help them become better leaders.
The LDP main objectives are to help students identify their own core motives and values, and how these influence actions, and make them aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, and how they can develop and improve them.
This programme consists of 4 two-day modules that take place in EADA Residential Training Centre Collbató, 40 km away from Barcelona in the heart of nature and facing Montserrat, a different space that promotes intensive training and managerial development through outdoor training, self-evaluation questionnaires, individual and group reflections, role plays etc.
The 4 modules are:
- Leading Oneself
- Leading in Teams
- Leading across the Organization
- Leading oneself in Society
Our current participants have already had the opportunity to start their Leadership Development Programme with their first module, Leading Oneself. We talked with Joumana El Naggar, an MBA student and she told us about her experience.
1. Explain us some activities you did during the first module of the LDP
During our first LDP we took part in various in-class modules, focused on individual leadership, as well as outdoor modules to challenge ourselves physically and mentally. The indoor modules mostly consisted of interesting activities followed by an explanation of how it is relevant to leadership situations, such as giving and receiving feedback, how to manage unexpected situations and how to communicate openly in a team. The outdoor challenges took us to new heights (literally) and helped us conquer mental barriers that we erect for ourselves when it comes to physical activities.
2. What would you highlight about this module?
The highlight of this module for me was how challenging myself, and watching others face the same challenges, really brought out a supportive dynamic in the classroom and broke down a lot of the walls that we had built up, which prevented us from getting to know each other on a deeper level.
3. Would you say that this module helped you to know more about yourself?
This module, more than anything, has reminded me of how much I love outdoor activities and physical challenges – something I had stopped doing for nearly 2 years now due to chronic pain and physical injuries. By taking part in these challenges at Collbato, I’m reminded of how much I can do physically, in spite of my injuries.
4. Describe your experience in one phrase.
Breaking mental, physical and social barriers.