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McKinsey Leadership Academy 2021 - UK

Deadline: 30 May 2021

Our Leadership Academy 2021 is a chance to have fun, connect with other students from the UK and Ireland, learn about leadership and develop practical work skills. You’ll also learn about management consulting as a possible career option. Leadership Academy will now be hosted through a series of online and in-person workshops.

We’re looking for students with an excellent track record of academic and other personal achievements who can demonstrate:

  • Intellectual curiosity

  • Personal initiative

  • Teamwork

  • Creativity

  • Impact


In 2021, the McKinsey Leadership Academy will accept a new class students. Over two years, you will be invited to attend programs—‘Academy’ and ‘Reunion’—with the following objectives.

  1. Build leadership skills Through challenging group and individual tasks, and intensive coaching from our staff, you will build a new toolkit of practical leadership skills.

  2. Learn about leadership We will provide access to exceptional business leaders through our speaker series, and opportunities to reflect on different forms of leadership in informal discussions, to broaden your horizons. Previous speakers have included Dominic Barton (Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company), Kieran West MBE (former GB rower and Olympic champion), and Justin Maciejewski (former Brigadier, British Army).

  3. Explore career opportunities Our coaches and world-class recruiters will give advice to help you make the most of future career opportunities, and will highlight experiences to seek out that could open doors in the future.

  4. Be part of a wider network You will meet high performing, like-minded peers from other colleges and start building a strong personal network. Beyond the two residential events, attendees become a part of the wider McKinsey network, and receive mentorship from our coaches (all full-time McKinsey consultants) on the leadership opportunities that they are pursuing.


  • McKinsey and Company Leadership Academy 2021 - eligible for current Year 13 students or equivalent only

  • As an upper 6th/Year 13 student, you’re facing big choices. What career path should I choose? What passions do I want to pursue?

  • The Leadership Academy is a learning programme that consists of online and in-person workshops. The Leadership Academy program will provide a great opportunity to have fun, connect other students from the UK and Ireland, learn about leadership and develop practical work skills. You’ll also learn about management consulting as a possible career option.

  • Leadership is vital in every walk of life. It’s about having the drive and intellectual curiosity to tackle tough challenges, plus the ability to help other people do their best. By developing your leadership skills, you open up opportunities for the future.

Please advise us of your predicted A level or equivalent grades on your CV.

Please submit your CV by Sunday 30th May


The programme will be a mixture of online and in-person workshops held over the course of two years. Leadership Academy will encourage you to learn about leadership by working in small teams in a fun informal atmosphere. At the end of the programme, you’ll have a toolkit of approaches and an action plan for the coming year.

The programme will build your career skills and get practical advice on handling tough interviews. We’ll also highlight experiences to seek out now and at university that could open doors for you in the future.

After taking part in the virtual workshop, you’ll become a part of the wider McKinsey network. Next year we will hold an in person graduate reunion where you can share progress with fellow participants. Over the next few years we’ll stay in touch to update you on events and opportunities.

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