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An MBA Made Me A Better Leader

An Executive MBA provides the functional, strategic and leadership skills required to perform better in your current and future roles

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When you have 15-20 years of work experience under your belt, you are expected to possess great leadership qualities and skillsets to master the demanding, challenging, and dynamic nature of modern-day businesses. You need to upgrade skill s for career acceleration and fast growth.

An Executive MBA provides the functional, strategic and leadership skills required to perform better in your current and future roles. Personally, the programme has helped improve my strategic and analytical abilities that are key to being successful in today’s evolving business world.

The return on investment and engagement you get with an Executive MBA programme is very significant and can be best described as follows:

Peer-to-peer Learning: When you join an executive programme, you get an opportunity to learn from your peers, who come from diverse backgrounds and industries. The potential to learn from others’ experiences and the opportunity to see from someone else’s perspective how challenges are addressed to achieve desired outcomes, make an Executive MBA a great peer-learning platform.

Networking: While doing the Executive MBA, I met many professionals in similar capacities who were willing to share their experiences and valuable insights. I have stayed in touch with many of them. Networking with the right set of people is one of the biggest advantages of powerful MBA programmes for senior executives, as it opens up many avenues for professional and personal growth.

Enterprise-wide Perspective: After 15-20 years of work, one tends to master certain functions. However, to move up the ladder, one has to be much more than a good manager. An Executive MBA provides those crucial high-level management skills to stay relevant in a highly-demanding position. An Executive MBA programme also affords access to materials from Ivy League institutions and instructions from some of the best professors out there. Moreover, the programmes are designed and executed in collaboration with top global business schools, providing essential international exposure.

Mastering Leadership: All of the above factors coupled with the structured approach of Executive MBA programmes have enabled me to master leadership at both strategic and tactical levels. I can better apply tested and proven frameworks to steer my company in the direction of excellence in today’s global business landscape. Besides, business coaching and leadership training under the programme has improved my managerial capabilities helping me to achieve better cohesion with and between employees.

Leveraging the network and tapping into alumni, I have better access to a talent pool that I can use to my company’s advantage. An Executive MBA programme is a must for every experienced professional who wants to not only lead a team better, but direct the company towards a successful future as an effective leader.

Managing the Executive MBA programme has been extremely challenging while holding a full-time work, but the enormous learning and structured framework approach tests your abilities, agility, and quick learning capacity throughout the course, making it very rewarding in the end.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house. Unless otherwise noted, the author is writing in his/her personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.


Amit Tiwari

The author is Vice President Marketing - ‎Havells India Ltd. He had earlier been the director marketing, Indian subcontinent – brand, communication & digital, for Philips. He belongs to the 2016 batch of ISB PGPMAX programme

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