21. juni 2019

Leaders of the future will need something other than an MBA

Leaders of the future will need something other than an MBA

Market conditions have never changed as rapidly as today. New business models are emerging and the demand on transformational leadership must accommodate generations ranging from flower children to digital natives.

So, no wonder if you ask yourself: how do I catch up on developments, stay relevant and at the same time become a better leader and make my job more fun.

The short answer is lifelong learning, and the phrase “we usually do” is not an option.

Leaders of the future do not await courses, that might match the needs of him/herself or the company.

Leaders of the future tailor their own development and mix all learning methods as they please and when they need it, i.e. online, offline or face-to-face.

Harvard in partnership with EGN
At EGN our primary target for the past 30 years has been to share knowledge between executives, managers and specialists at all levels and within all industries.

Nevertheless, one blushes when the editor of one of the leading magazines for business people, Harvard Business Review, Amy Bernstein, suddenly wants to dance with you.

Harvard is currently putting heavy focus on upgrading their education of the world’s greatest leaders so that the leaders of the future can be assured continuous learning and development.

Harvard finds our network of professional peer groups very consistent to their vision of future leadership development.

The formula is to learn, share and apply.

Not only for a month or a year, but throughout your entire career.

Today actually marks the one-year partnership anniversary today with Harvard Business Publishing, Corporate Learning.

More than 500 executives and managers in our professional peer groups now benefit from the direct access to online live sessions with Harvard regarding the most recent research and way of thinking. The peer group members have access to professors, relevant experts and related material focused on sustainable development, digitalization, change management, ethical management, innovation and much more.

Learning is a cycle for life.

Yawn, you might think. Who doesn’t recognize going home alone after an exciting lecture or having read 100 pages of a book which just ends on the shelf.

EGN’s partnership with Harvard differs from what you have experienced previously:

  • You continuously learn from the best and from your peers.
  • You share your learnings with your peer group.
  • You discuss what you have understood or not understood.
  • You share how you intend to make use of your learnings.
  • You share how it worked for you in real business application.

This means that you are now part of the future cycle of lifelong learning and lifelong sharing. You learn something, you share it, you use it, you give feedback, you learn more, you share…..

Learning and the use of the learning is customized to your needs. And Harvard Business wanted to be part of this model. They believe It appeals to the future which leaders need.

So, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Executives must realize their lack of knowledge
However, we must reflect on ourselves and recognize that we as leaders need to develop. Because we do not know what knowledge we need.

We all train at different stages throughout our lives, and even though an MBA or a basic academic education is relevant, this does not mean that an MBA is productive or essential throughout the course of your life. Often it may be almost obsolete after only a few years.

When you start moving through your career and e.g. seek information regarding UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, it might not make any difference if you have taken an MBA.

The leader of the future says to his peer group: “I am totally blank”, and four hours later the clever ones have explored many aspects and saved time and now know a lot about the 17 goals, how others work with them, and how you can work with it yourself.

Learn, discuss, use and share insights…..

Through the cooperation between EGN Peer Groups and Harvard you invest in your own value:

  • You will be updated on relevant topics over a longer period.
  • What you learn will never be obsolete and the content is valid for immediate use.
  • You have access to your learning 24/7.
  • You can bring the learning with you from job to job.
  • You highly optimize your contribution to your company.
  • You simply become a more valuable employee.
  • You are able to attend to your job while receiving knowledge at MBA-level – continuously.

The point is that the future executive training needs to adapt to the rapid development and the changes that occurs in work life. Thus, learning must be continuous and tailored to your actual situation.

Therefore, any responsible employer should per default require lifelong learning from any leader.

Especially, if you want to be valuable enough for the future of leadership.

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