How The MBA Will Make You A Better Leader

How The MBA Will Make You A Better Leader

As a student of the Master of Business Administration (MBA), you will learn content and gain skills in a number of key areas. The more minor skills learnt throughout your degree may not seem important, but your MBA will make you a better leader long-term as a result of these skills. Being a leader isn’t just about instructing people with tasks, as Steve Zeitchik puts it (, ‘Leadership is inspiring others to pursue your vision within the parameters you set, to the extent that it becomes a shared effort, shared vision, and shared success’. The following three skills are most commonly gained by graduates of the MBA, and in turn help the graduates to become better leaders.

Whilst it is often overlooked, strong communication skills are imperative for leadership success. There are no specific subjects in an MBA that focus on communication, but it is the experiences during the degree that help your communication skills to develop.  Throughout their studies, students must effectively communicate answers, liaise with fellow students and lecturers, and work in a team. It is a combination of these experiences that help build on already established communications skills. Developing these skills during your MBA will make you a better leader as you will be more equipped to effectively communicate in all scenarios presented to you. From communicating your vision, to conducting employee reviews – you must remember that communication is an important part of every leadership role.

Although most people do not look forward to it, working in a team is a wonderful way to learn a number of important skills. Teamwork puts you in situations where you must listen to the views of others, work with different work ethics, take responsibility for your actions, and learn to delegate. Being able to effectively work in a team during your MBA develops your leadership skills immensely – you are then able to bring these skills to your team in the workplace and work on developing your own team. Just because you’re a leader, it does not mean that you only work autonomously. Being able to relate to your people and work productively with them is key to long-term success.

The ability to challenge your views
The MBA presents students with information and business practices which are designed to challenge their views. Many businesspeople, in particular leaders, find it difficult to step aside from their strong opinions and listen to those of others. If an MBA student refuses to challenge their views and consider other ways of doing things, they will struggle to succeed. This therefore means that the MBA will make you a better leader as it teaches you to step aside from what you may believe is correct, and consider all possibilities.  

What do you think?
Do you think the MBA will make you a better leader? I am interested to hear of the skills you took away from your MBA and how they have helped you in a leadership capacity. Please feel free to share your views below and join the conversation.

This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following source was used to compile this article: Business News Daily.

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