Dr Locke says, “I think it’s really important for people who want to be effective leaders to have that ‘big picture’ view, otherwise you just end up in this narrow perspective within your own organisation and you can’t see beyond it. That’s not an effective business strategy in the long run, and organisations should think strategically about this.”
The opportunity to learn from peers as well as from instructors is another key benefit of executive education. Student cohorts at this level are typically extremely diverse in terms of nationality, job function and industry – not to mention cultural and educational background. This creates an optimum environment for executives to be exposed to a wealth of varying, often contrasting, perspectives, and provides the opportunity to learn from the experiences of those around them. Broadening leaders’ perspectives in this way is essential to igniting new ideas and driving innovation. – Liz Griffith, senior marketing and communications officer at LSE, in conversation with Dr Connson Locke & Prof Saul Estrin for ChangeBoard.com [end]
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