Leadership skills

We want the leadership skills our students learn to be as relevant as possible. So we interviewed 100 of the world’s leading CEOs who told us they need candidates with stronger soft skills in influencing people, collaborating in teams, and thinking creatively.

The Hult model

Hult took the critical skills identified by leading CEOs and integrated the development and measurement of those skills directly into our curriculum. This unique approach won Hult the Association of MBAs Innovation Award.

The 18 soft skills deemed critical by the CEOs we interviewed form 3 core competencies: Interpersonal Influence, Team Collaboration, Adaptive Thinking.

Students work on developing observable skills across these competencies. Skills such as persuasively selling an idea, coaching team mates for performance and growth, and seeing underlying patterns in complex situations. Their progress is systematically measured throughout their entire degree program.


Hult DNA Workshop 1:

Understanding the model


Peer feedback

Assigned triad

Self assessment

Peer coaching in triads

Module A

Hult DNA Workshop 2:

Interpersonal influence

Qualtrics assessment:

  • See development areas as recommended by report
  • Choose your 3 skills to develop

Record your "Before video"

Meet with coach

5 meetings

Module B

Hult DNA Workshop 3:

Team collaboration

Roleplay and coaching sessions

Feedback on progress

Module C

Hult DNA Workshop 4:

Adaptive thinking

Roleplay and coaching sessions

Feedback on progress

Module D


Record "After video"

Review with triad and coach

Module E



Hult students undergo a continuous process of leadership skills training, application, and coaching throughout their program. Central to this process is constant feedback and support from peers and professional coaches.

Workshops and simulations

During the first weeks of the program in Immersion, students take part in workshops and receive detailed guides on the competencies and skills. They then do a simulation designed to help them understand what these skills mean in practice and where they currently stand in terms of their development level.

Peer feedback and self assessment

Following the simulation, students receive peer feedback based on their performance in the simulation and carry out a self assessment that identifies where the gaps in their skill set are. Based on this assessment, they select 3 skills that they will focus on developing to a high level for the remainder of their program.

Peer coaching

Peer coaching is central to the development of leadership skills at Hult. Students are placed into “triads” – groups of three peers who will coach, assess, and feedback on each others’ performance and development. So every student’s progress is systematically tracked.

Leadership Development Coaches

Each triad also has a professional Leadership Development Coach that they will meet with at key points throughout the year to review their progress and plan next steps. These coaches are members of Hult’s faculty who specialize in leadership development, advising, consulting, and training some of the world’s top executives in leadership skills.


At the start of the program, students film themselves practicing a particular skill in a “before” video. For example, if they’ve decided to focus on persuasively selling an idea, they will film themselves pitching a business model. Towards the end of the program, they will repeat the exercise in an “after” video to see how they have progressed.

In each of the first three modules, students participate in in-depth workshops that concentrate on one of the three critical competencies. They then practice the skills associated with that competency for the remainder of the module.

I have developed my leadership skills on so many levels as a result of the Hult MBA program. Hult is more than a business school - It is a transformative experience. I've developed a growth-mindset, listening skills, the ability to rally team members towards a common goal, and the ability to seek and give feedback, to name but a few of the skills I've learnt at Hult.

Joy Meregini

Current student
U.K., Class of 2016


We begin charting each student’s progress from their first week of the program and, by graduation the results are significant.

Over 85% of our students show a significant improvement in all three core competencies over the course of the program. This chart shows students’ average scores at the start of their program compared to the end.

Key leadership competencies:

Peer-to-peer evaluations show a marked improvement across all behaviors.


Profile: A Hult leadership coach

Melanie Eusebe mentors students as a Leadership Coach for the LEAD program at Hult London.

Melanie relishes sharing the knowledge she has gained as an independent management consultant and team leader for global companies such as IBM and Ernst &Young— especially in the areas of brand management, organizational development, and operational strategies. Melanie feels particularly passionate about inspiring a new generation of exceptional business leaders through role modeling, which led her to found the Black British Business Awards in 2012.

I love working with Hult students one-on-one to help them discover their potential as leaders. This usually means going beyond the usual stereotypes of power to identify your true sources of inspiration.

Professor Melanie Eusebe
Melanie Eusebe

Chair of Black Business Awards, Leadership Coach at Hult London

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