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A quest for better leadership development

A quest for better leadership development

A quest for better leadership development

Would you let a surgeon operate on you if they weren’t trained for the job? No? So why do companies - and even countries - continue to put leaders in office without a guarantee that they know what they’re doing? Dr Hannes Leroy from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Management (RSM) researches how to develop leaders to be more effective.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools

Dr Leroy shares his striking observations in a TEDx talk. He says people aren’t born with leadership skills, nor is leadership some form of magic or art. The good news is that a lot of leaders are eager to learn, and a lot of people are dedicated to helping leaders develop. The bad news is that leadership development is often described as the Wild West: shoot first, ask questions later. “In medical science, we make sure we only use those things that actually work. But in leadership development, people do things that haven’t been demonstrated to work and that may even be harmful to other people.”

Luckily, 100 years of research gives us a good idea of the dos and don’ts of leadership, and people can get better at it. But these insights are not often used in practice. Dr Leroy: “We can make sure that leaders, from high school presidents all the way to country presidents, get the training they need and deserve.”

Watch Dr Hannes Leroy’s TEDx video about his quest for society to come up with professional standards for leadership in the same way that there are such standards for surgeons, lawyers, civil engineers, and psychotherapists, along with upholding leadership values and an oath.

The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) programme

Dr Hannes Leroy developed the Strategic Leadership Development (SLD) track for RSM's new Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) programme, starting in January 2022.

The transition to a strategic leadership role often represents a moment of personal accomplishment. Managing and leading an organisation, however, is not only a complex endeavour, but executives in such key roles have a profound impact on the future of organisations. The SLD track focuses on the development of the skills and attitudes that managers themselves will need to bring to the table to successfully function as strategic leaders. These skills and attitudes comprise both personal leadership (PL) and a strategic leadership component (SL).

GEMBA is a transformative and intensive 21-month journey in leadership development, tailored exclusively to your needs and objectives. You are empowered with knowledge and insights into your personal style of leadership, as well as the skills and strategic vision you need to lead your organisation with clarity, confidence and integrity.

Delivered in Rotterdam, one of the world’s key economic hubs, the RSM Global Executive MBA connects you to a global network of peers, thought leaders and change agents. You experience all the dynamics of international leadership and business, where it happens, as it happens.

Open evening

Find out more about RSM's Global Executive MBA here, or join them on campus in Rotterdam for an Open Evening on October 19.

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