Leadership in the Air, John Peters, the former RAF Pilot and hostage survivor

04.06.2018

Best-selling author, performance coach and writer. He was the sole reader representing the British Armed Forces at the National Gulf Memorial Service, in front of Her Majesty, The Queen and presented the Sir James Martin Lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society in the presence of Prince Philip. Furthermore, he followed Mr. Nelson Mandela on stage in South Africa and achieved a standing ovation! He has written two best-selling books and the documentary, ‘Tornado Down’ was Independent Documentary of the Year and a BAFTA Award Nominee. He has extensive international TV, radio, PR and media experience.

“It is what you after the sums that matter: an Executive MBA is more than just a qualification, it is a journey of discovery.  Stephen Hawking, the eminent physicist advised his children:  "One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away." At RANEPA, these words ring true.  Each time I work on their Executive MBA, I am humbled by the talent in the room, their drive and passion for learning.   In turn, the programme stretches them beyond current perspectives and achievements to see new possibilities and provide essential ingredients to thrive in a globalized world.   Equally important is an emphasis on developing authentic, trusted leaders, who can inspire others to follow them on their journey.   Perhaps now more than at any other time, we require leaders who understand people, who can engage internationally, across boundaries and between cultures to create a collective sense of belonging.  And this journey requires us also to look inwards, to remain true to ourselves and to gain a greater awareness of who we are and our effect upon others.  To explore our philosophy and purpose.  To understand who we are under pressure, in crisis and when we are uncertain.

The MBA is continually evolving to adapt to an ever-increasing need for strong managers who can operate, compete and thrive in the global market.  It is still seen as a rite of passage to the C-suite.  But it requires courage: courage to learn; courage to be challenged and courage to step into the unknown. To quote Theodore Roosevelt, “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat”. I would encourage any manager wishing to progress to the highest executive levels to do the RANEPA Executive MBA.”