Committing to ongoing professional development is crucial for executives looking to thrive in today's rapidly changing business landscape. Without a dedication to personal growth, leaders risk falling behind their peers and becoming obsolete. To stay ahead of the competition, executives must stay informed about current trends, technologies, and best practices.
The tools that we are learning are of a great help to any CEO, board member, middle manager and for any person who is keen to understand people better and make this world slightly better.
INSEAD’s Executive Master in Change (EMC) programme takes participants on a deep dive into the hidden drivers of human behaviour to help them become more successful change leaders. We spoke to Programme Director Saskia de Maat to find out more.
My experience at the EMC can be described by the following four words: Tools for Changing Humanity
It was a joyous day back in October 2019 when all my EMC Wave 25 colleagues and I gathered once again in Fontainebleau for our graduation ceremony. When looking into everyone’s eyes, I can think of only one word to describe what I saw – GROWTH. For some this growth was deeply personal, enabling transformations of an individual kind that were liberating and empowering in the most meaningful of ways. For others this growth was more professional in orientation, inspiring work-related breakthroughs leading to business success.
I'm fascinated by human behaviour and EMC provided me the opportunity to pursue a master's degree which integrates both business and psychology.
I have a client who is a graduate of a prestigious business school. After her education, she went into consulting for a few years. The prestigious MBA and a couple of global postings resulted in her getting an irresistible offer in finance. She enjoyed the work and personally was in a relationship that was headed to the altar. Somewhere after being passed on for a role and the weakening and ultimate demise of her relationship, she said: "the spark" in her had "died" out.
A friend’s daughter was getting moved into a more prominent role in the crisis at her accounting firm. In her early 20s, a bit nervous about the new role, I wrote her an email with five concepts she could be mindful of to make an impact as a newly minted leader. These tips are from the email that I’m sharing here after removing the personal details. If you are moving from manager to leadership, let me know if these tips resonate. If you are already a leader, what would you add to this list for a newbie? Be Worldly
Successful executives seldom get to the top alone. Even the most talented need the help of other people to reach their true potential. As the workplace becomes more competitive and interactive, the practice of leadership coaching and mentoring is becoming more common as ambitious individuals seek guidance, and senior executives realise the importance of helping people reach their full potential by sharing knowledge and insights.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Carl Jung