Despite being around for several decades, advanced leadership programmes have proliferated widely in the last few years. These “mini MBAs” go beyond teaching the business basics. They are designed to furnish students with the self-awareness and discipline to improve decision-making within their company, helping them to cope with the challenges and opportunities of working in a global marketplace. Sabine Vinck, associate dean at London Business School (LBS), says “we design our programmes to help managers grapple with the very latest challenges facing business, from digital disruption to operating in ambiguous and volatile markets”.
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But if you’re investing your time and energy – and, therefore, some of your employer’s time and, most likely, money too – what do you need to consider in terms of return on investment? For a business school, creating courses that meet the needs of both individual and organisation is crucial. Davies stresses that, while businesses usually want to support their managers in developing their careers, it’s always going to be even more vital that they return “not just able or wanting to make a difference by applying what they learned – but that they actually do make a difference”.