Leadership Development Programme

UCD Smurfit School recognises the importance of leadership development – and the Smurfit MBA is designed to develop Global Leaders, able to lead diverse teams and organisations anywhere in the world.

The Leadership Development Programme (LDP) is an integral element of the Smurfit MBA, addressing leadership development across three key areas:

An influential leader is a self-aware leader.

Through a series of self-reflection assignments, interactive workshops, a 360o peer review and one-to-one Executive Business Coaching, you’ll gain insight into your motivations, behaviour and how you interact and communicate with others.

How can you lead through inspiration and influence?

Each semester, you will be placed in diverse teams that will focus on understanding the emotional and social intelligence of others and improving relationship management skills.

Organisational leadership requires the ability to develop and implement strategy and vision.

Once you have discovered how you affect yourself and others, you will look beyond to how your new managerial toolkit can make you a self-aware, insightful and influential global leader.

Course Structure

Foundation Week

Semester 1

Semester 2

Productivity Management

Team & Cultural Styles

360o Peer Review

Case Study Analysis

Presentation Skills

Executive Coaching

Effective Report Writing

Conflict Management

MBA Clubs

Business Economic Simulation

Executive Coaching

Case Study Competition

Team Building

MBA Clubs


Personality Types & Listening Styles



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