What are they?
Stakeholder simulations immerse participants in a world of dilemmas and decisions. The increasingly complex world of business and sustainability requires leaders to be able to explore an issue from the perspectives of different stakeholders. By doing this in a simulation leaders are able to practise and develop their leadership skills whilst also increasing their awareness of an issue directly related to the sustainability of their organization.
How do they work?
These simulations are bespoke and can be designed in a way that best supports the learning objectives. They might be used an introduction to a leadership programme – a ‘feature-length’ icebreaker – or as a learning vehicle towards the end of a development programme to put into practice the leadership skills developed or tools taught.
The key to the success of these simulations is that they provide a series of dilemmas and different perspectives that need to be considered for participants to arrive at a business decision. They are immersive and totally involve the participants in the dilemma. This may involve the participants acting on behalf of their own organization and actors playing the roles of the various stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, media, customers, suppliers, government officials). Alternatively, the actors’ roles could also be played by programme participants.