The ELP is a Brussels-based project where you will develop leadership skills through theoretical and practical methodologies by living together with your fellows for five months. Our Programme is divided in five core segments. Each of these holistic segments contribute to the formation of young leaders in the European Union offering them a strong spiritual base to become better leaders.
Leadership for the common good
The segment of politics allows our Fellows to be immersed in the administrative and political life of the EU institutions having the opportunity to meet with political leaders in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and beyond.
Some of our speakers are in high ranking positions or were placed to influence historical decisions, others made life changing decisions by joining or quitting the institutions. The Leadership segment allows our Fellows to meet with leaders and to hear first-hand stories and testimonies about their vocation. Importantly, this is done within an intimate and relaxed setting, in order to foster an open and candid conversation.
The purpose is for our Fellows to have the opportunity to engage with our guest speakers and learn lessons which can hone their leadership qualities, complement their vocations, and further their understanding about various industries. The programme includes such meetings with a variety of leaders drawn from careers in fields such as politics, the Church, non-governmental organisations, and more. The result is that our Fellows are exposed to insightful testimonies, which few ever have the opportunity to hear, and which can have the capacity to be eye-opening and possibly life-changing.
Workshops, Seminars and Conferences
The Learning segment sees our Fellows embolden their leadership skills through a unique combination of delivering a short research paper, as well as grappling with award-winning leadership simulation programmes, FLIGBY and STRATAGEM.
These simulation programmes provide video-game learning experiences with benchmark-based assessments. Alongside this, each Fellow can choose an academic mentor to work with them on their research paper, and will then present their paper to a jury at the University of Antwerpen, a defence session organized by UCSIA. The purpose is to challenge our Fellows on a variety of competencies, to help them nurture a mixture of practical and theoretical skills, and to supplement other traditional methods such as workshops and seminars.
Service – Walk with the excluded
The Service segment of the programme is about providing a holistic leadership experience for our Fellows. All Fellows are required to take on a bi-weekly community service activity of their choice. This is a grounding experience for our Fellows to appreciate all realities and social conditions which are experienced in Brussels, and not just those lived inside the EU institutions or the ‘Brussels bubble’.
In essence, our Fellows will give back marginalised communities – an important Jesuit concept – while at the same time gaining valuable life lessons that they will take with them as future leaders. The programme works with the non-governmental organisation ‘Serve the City’ in order to help our Fellows choose a community service, and examples undertaken in the past include serving meals to the elderly and the homeless, as well as offering help with language learning for asylum-seekers
The Coaching segment is the distinctive element of the programme, as we truly focus on personal development by offering to construct a tailored discussion for each Fellow. A The personal Coaching is divided into two key components: a coaching element centred on spiritual growth, and a mentoring element which is focused on career development. For coaching, it’s critical that our Fellows learn about paying attention and taking care of oneself, to make sure one’s personal foundation is strong enough to best develop them as a future leader.
The Fellows also take part in a guided spiritual retreat, building on their own calling and spirituality. This is all deepened by required readings on both executive leadership and Catholic Social Teaching and Ignatian Spirituality. For mentoring, the Fellows are paired with industry leaders from EU institutions, academia, and the private sector. Ultimately, this delivers unrivalled networking opportunities, as well as bespoke advice for them and their careers. Naturally, Fellows will draw on both components in their futures, using learned skills in order to manage life in the role of a leader.
Make like-minded friends and enjoy Brussels
Our programme brings together a community composed of generous, passionate, and determined people from more than 20 countries around the world. They’re world changers and history makers.
Our Fellows become life-long members of this community. While Brussels is the natural home for would-be future European leaders, it can be difficult to forge true connections that one can rely on to forge that role. What makes the European Leadership Programme unique is the possibility to stay at our houses with the other Fellows who are at a very similar stage in their life, but also with a wide range of vocations and past experience. This is also a distinctive opportunity of the programme, as navigating a community life takes patience and management skills, of which will be naturally honed due to the environment that our Fellows live in. Crucially, our Fellows share the same values and common goals, and as they move onto their future careers they will be able to rely and call on one another as Alumni of this programme.
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