Become a more effective leader at the Leadership Challenge 2020 in Norway

If you’re ready for a physical and perhaps emotionally testing challenge and want to improve your leadership skills, then this is for you!

Imagine... completing challenges using all of your abilities – mental and physical – against a backdrop of raw nature, with a full backpack, and no mobile phone or internet. This will be completely outside of your comfort zone.

The Leadership Challenge 2020 takes place in the Hardangervidda National Park in Norway from 13 – 20 July 2020. It aims to develop and improve your personal leadership capabilities, and you’ll take part in the challenge alongside students from other graduate business schools. The environment is raw and has none of today’s high-tech distractions. Teams from top business schools such as Rice University, Cornell University, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, University of Exeter Business School, University of Michigan and University of Virginia will compete against each other.

This challenge is all about personal growth. You will be navigating a route through the wilderness and pushed to your limits as you face challenges along it. We know that one of the most important lessons is learning when to step up to use your skills as leader, and when to let others lead. It’s about connecting with others, about focus, and about delegation.

The Erasmus Centre for Leadership appoints experienced outdoor instructors and mentors to organise and facilitate leadership expeditions for students, managers and executives. They provide professional guidance and expert preparation, so you don’t have to be an outdoor expert to benefit from this Challenge.

10 sponsored places

What’s more, the Erasmus Centre for Leadership fully sponsors the participation of 10 master students from RSM. If you are one of the selected students, you need pay only your own travel expenses to and from Bergen and Kinsarvik in Norway. Some equipment, like a sleeping bag, liner, sleeping pad and a backpack, can be borrowed from the outdoor company that helps to run the Challenge - on a first-come, first-served basis.

But you must be ready for a physical – and occasionally emotional – challenge. All of this takes place in untouched natural terrain with steep hills to climb up and down. You need to carry a full backpack which could weigh as much as 20 per cent of your own body weight, so you need a basic level of fitness.

And you need to be prepared to switch off from modern communications.  There’s no mobile phone signal, no wi-fi or internet, and no home comforts. You must be prepared to live out of your comfort zone.

If you know deep-down that this is something that will help you find and develop your authentic self, then you are invited to apply.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • You must be a student enrolled in one of RSM’s MSc programmes, registered and active during the academic year 2019-2020;
  • You must answer two questions about your motivation through our online video application platform from RIVS – you will find instructions in this online system;
  • You must upload a curriculum vitae/resume (more information about the content and format will be provided on the login page of our online video application platform);
  • You must have an I WILL statement which appears on RSM’s I Will website (dates for the next I WILL photoshoots are listed as ‘events’ on the I WILL Facebook page);
  • You must finance your own travel to and from Bergen and Kinsarvik;
  • You must have travel insurance that includes adequate cover for an adventure holiday; and
  • Your application must be submitted no later than 1 March 2020.

The application for the Leadership Challenge 2020 closed on 1 March 2020.

Our Leadership Challenge committee will select a shortlist of 20 applicants for a 30-minute interview, based on your application. This interview will most likely take place in the week of 30 March 2020.

The Leadership Challenge 2020 is in the Hardangervidda National Park from 13 July 2020 up to and including 20 July 2020. This means that you must be in Kinsarvik (reachable from Bergen by train and bus) on 13 July at 15:00 hrs. You can plan your return travel from 21 July 2020.

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