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Prior Member of Parliament, Iain Wright, undertakes Durham Online MBA

On 1 November 2017, Iain Wright, former MP for Hartlepool, came to the Business School to talk to Full-time MBA students on what constitutes good leadership in business and politics. “It was a real honour and pleasure to be invited to speak to the Full-time MBA students”, Iain said.

Iain is also currently undertaking the Durham Online MBA. Structured around a two-year study calendar, the programme can be undertaken 100% online or through a blended approach, whereby students combine their online learning with residential modules.

In his talk, Iain cited examples of different leadership styles seen in Parliament and in the corporate sector. He discussed how different styles – whether they are bullying and coercive; engaging and charismatic; or team-building and encouraging– secure the results leaders want.

Iain said: “We discussed the merits and disadvantages of a wide range of leaders, spanning from Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Lyndon Johnson and Donald Trump to Rupert Murdoch, Mike Ashley and Philip Green,” Iain said. “The students were great, showing real insight and asking searching questions. I really enjoyed it and hope that I will be invited back.”

Iain continued: “It’s also a huge privilege to be associated with Durham University Business School. When I decided to leave Parliament, I wanted to study for an MBA. I’d had significant experience of business at different levels, whether it was working for Deloitte as a chartered accountant, being a Minister in Government and then chairing the Business Select Committee.”

“However, as I embarked upon the next stage of my career, being Chief Executive of NEPIC, I wanted to challenge myself, underpin my experience with a strong theoretical framework and study at a globally prestigious university in a flexible way. Durham University Business School is providing this rigour, academic excellence and flexibility for me.”

Iain concluded: “The fact that such a globally strong and respected business school is located in the North East of England is also a source of considerable pride for somebody like me, who was born, brought up and lives in the region.”

You can find more information about the Durham Online MBA here.