Leadership Simulation

What is Leadership Simulation

Our digital Leadership Simulation is provided by Business Skills, based in Buenos Aires, with whom we work in partnership.  This simulation is a high quality and engaging way of learning what it takes to lead or manage successfully.

Participants have to understand a fictitious company’s Vision and Values, think and act strategically and operationally, deal with the everyday issues that managing people can bring and deliver results!

The advantages

The main benefits of learning through simulation is that it is as near to real life as one can get.  In summary:

  • Learn by doing ... before actually doing
  • Gain real experience ... without taking real life risks
  • Learn about the future ... before getting there

This way of learning has nothing to do with teaching or instruction.  It is entirely experiential.  Participants have to consider the most appropriate actions to take in given scenarios, test their thinking against their colleagues' views and then agree on a final decision to take.  Beyond the leadership skills that are learned from the simulation itself there is great value in learning from the process: formulating ideas, articulating them, persuasion/influence and effective team-working.  

How does it work?

The overall Leadership programme normally comprises 4 half-day sessions, although this can be adjusted to suit a particular client's needs.  During the first session a little Leadership theory is covered, including Dave Ulrich's 'Leadership Code' model.  It is against this framework that the participants' Leadership competences will be assessed.  Then, the simulation is introduced ...

The scenario is described, characters 'introduced', Vision and Values explained and then the simulation starts.  The room divides into teams of 4 or 5 people and each works its way through a realistic, futuristic business scenario.  The people in the team act as one leader and must discuss the various situations that arise and agree on decisions.  These decisions, once taken, are analysed against the 5 elements of the 'Leadership Code' and at the end of each round (half-day) scores are analysed and compared with other teams who may have taken different decisions.