Leadership: The heart of the matter
Because they attract experienced business leaders who want to take the next step in their careers, Executive MBA Programs are in a unique position to emphasize and nurture leadership. They recognize both the importance and value of leadership development for students, and the leadership development initiatives of EMBA Programs often help set them apart from other educational offerings.
How exactly do EMBA Programs approach leadership development? Leadership development activities can take many forms. Some common elements include:
- Use of self-assessment tools to enhance self-awareness and a greater understanding of strengths and weaknesses
- Emphasis on improving ‘soft’ skills such as communication, negotiation, and relationship building
- Executive coaching
- Leadership residencies and courses
- Leadership programs
EMBA students often write their own leadership development or personal development plans that are tailored to meet their goals and objectives, maximize their strengths, and identify improvement areas.
To hone leadership skills, EMBA students may climb, ride a zip line, complete a wilderness experience, participate in workshops on special topics, such as working with boards of directors or dealing with the media, or converse with CEOs and take part in peer exchanges. The diversity of activities all support enhanced leadership skills.