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MBA Leadership: The Number 1 Skill Set for Business Professionals in 2020

Posted by Rebecca Esposito on Jul 25, 2019 6:32:00 AM

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As a business manager, as a professional, as an innovator, it’s important that you cultivate critical thinking skills, an eye for detail, and the ability to implement and improve effective business practices. Even more important than these skills, it's crucial that you enhance your leadership abilities.

So, if you've decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration as a way of honing your skills, you should consider the added value of pursuing a Leadership specialization alongside your MBA.

Note: Download and explore our newest digital resource:A Guide to Getting an  MBA and Specializing in Leadership!

Understanding the Leadership Skill Set:

At Marymount University, we recognize that leadership is not a discipline or a field of study — it’s a skill set.

For that reason, Marymount has launched a specialization option for MBA students looking to nurture valuable leadership skills. Marymount’s MBA Leadership specialization option is designed to prepare MBA students with the confidence and capabilities to promote values-based leadership in professional business landscapes.


Giving Business Leaders Confidence:

In order to truly lead, professionals need to first have the confidence to do so.

The faculty at Marymount understand that when budding business professionals are recognized as talented and ambitious, they are often moved into management positions. These management roles require professionals to lead others, but emerging business professionals often find themselves ill-equipped to lead. With this in mind, the three courses in the Leadership specialization have been strategically chosen and are designed to give MBA students the confidence and skills to lead now.

3 MBA Leadership Courses

MGT 502 Leading Collaboration and Innovation: The course introduces students to the practice of collaboration and provides opportunities to analyze the management of groups charged with advancing new products in organizations.

MGT 590 Organization Policy and Strategy: This course examines concepts and applications of strategy and sustainability alongside topics of strategic thinking and organizational learning. Students examine models for leader application when executing a mission-driven strategy.

OD 521 Organization Change and Development: This course equips students with the skills, tools, and methods for helping organizations lead, plan, and cope with change.

Filling a Talent Gap:

The management employment rate is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, which will result in about 807,300 new jobs. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and the expansion of existing ones, resulting in more roles that need to be filled by business professionals with business acumen and confidence.

The median annual wage for management occupations was $104,240 in 2018, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.

Are you ready to nurture your leadership skills?

Marymount University’s Master of Business Administration prepares you to face the powerful market forces that continue to reshape the business landscape. With a rigorous blend of best practices and practical application, our MBA program will prepare you to identify emerging business problems, think critically about options, and manage principled and effective solutions in an evolving global world.

Some noteworthy facts about the MBA program include:

  • Marymount’s MBA program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • MBA can be completed in 36 credits or in 45 credits if adding a specialization 
  • A flexible mix of online and evening classes accommodates the schedules of both full-time students and working professionals  
  • Small classes and a collaborative team atmosphere provide the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of students 
  • Marymount faculty members are experts in their fields

As a future leader in the field of business, it's crucial that you strategically choose a respected graduate program. That's why we'd like to invite you to request more information, or, if you’re ready to boost your business career, you can start your online application today.


Download and explore our new resource — A Guide to Getting an MBA and Specializing in Leadership!

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Posted by Rebecca Esposito

Rebecca Esposito is the Associate Director for Graduate Enrollment Services at Marymount University. She works with students interested in all School of Business and Technology programs. Prior to joining Marymount, she worked with undergraduate students across the state of Texas, where she also earned her M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

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