International Scholarships & Secondments

James from the Corporate Advisory team

What: Learning to Lead

"In late 2012 I was lucky enough to be awarded a Corrs Scholarship for Individual Excellence. Luckier still, I was able to use this scholarship for the purposes of undertaking an organisational leadership course titled “Learning to Lead” at INSEAD’s Fontainebleau campus in France.

The course, held in the first week of June 2013, would coincide with a period of annual leave that I had taken prior to commencing my subsequent secondment at AZB & Partners, a tier 1 corporate law firm in India with which Corrs has a strategic relationship. During this period of annual leave, I was able to take a road trip through Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg) and France with my girlfriend. By the time the course in Fontainebleau was to start, we had already had the opportunity to traverse the Champagne region in France, Bruges in Belgium and Amsterdam and Den Haag in The Netherlands (where I was able to catch up briefly with my brother who is working there).

Learning to Lead brought together approximately 30 professionals from across continental Europe, each of whom were about to commence a transition from being a great individual contributor to a manger of others. Vibha Gaba, along with Alan Filipowicz, led an exceptional teaching staff over the three day course, during which important skills such as managing and enhancing performance, efficient and effective delegation, appropriate incentivisation, and the fundamentals of communication were imparted to the attentive participants. Needless to say, the number of legal practitioners that seek to undertake leadership education is not significant, and during the June 2013 session I was but one of two lawyers taking the course (the other hailing from an in-house team at a Russian pharmaceutical company). That said, developing such skills is no less important for legal professionals, particularly as they move into leadership positions where they are responsible for the efficient and effective management of junior lawyers within their respective teams.

The opportunity to visit Europe in the early summer was a splendid one, but the opportunity to learn crucial leadership skills from preeminent educators at a world class institution was greater still."

Friends and classmates at Eight Ball Café, Fontainebleau

Pre-closing dinner perambulation through the grounds of the Chateau

The team, buoyed by new friendships and skills

Pre-dinner mingling

Closing dinner

Welcome to INSEAD

In-class debriefing by Alan of the “Climbing Mount Everest” leadership exercise

Motivational lessons on motivation

Touring Chateau de Fontainebleau

Posing in the Jardin Anglais at the Chateau de Fontainebleau

Class photo

Chateau de Fontainebleau

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