Leadership is about the sustainability of business

Posted on May 25, 2011

In the aftermath of the global financial crash three years ago, MBA providers took a fresh look at training programmes designed to produce responsible managers and leaders. This has led to one of the biggest shifts in innovation in business education, according to Shireen Chengadu, executive director of academic programmes for GIBS, the Gordon Institute of Business Science. "Knowledge is one thing, but the implementation phase — using that knowledge — is critically important, as is the third element: value systems," she said. "Good MBA programmes will integrate all three of these." Chengadu said GIBS took the view a few years ago that not enough emphasis was being placed on the "doing" component, so it introduced a cluster of operational management courses to provide the core good practice for operations management. A second and third course in this cluster, Managing for Results, is about bringing a more integrated, cross-disciplinary approach. The final course was the applied decision-making course, which simulates the running of a business. With regard to value systems, in order to create responsible managers and leaders, students need to know themselves. GIBS introduced a course called LEAD (Leadership Assessment and Development), giving students an opportunity to understand themselves and their management practice better. — David Jackson

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