Let’s face it. The global economy has not been in its best years for some time, and companies all around the world deal with a huge amount of problems every day. Those companies fight to enhance their image to differentiate from the competition, keep their market share and leverage their profits at all costs. But, none of those are possible if they cannot count on experienced and extremely professional leaders to help them. And that is exactly where we wanted to go with this talk. Become that experienced and knowledgeable leader is not as easy as you can think. It takes time and money, but on top of everything, it takes a lot of effort and willingness to be able to be that professional. One huge step can be differentiating yourself from all your ‘competitors’ with a higher education that focus on leadership development and greater strategic vision. The best you can reach are the Executive Masters of Business Administration degrees. The Executive MBA degree remains one of the most solid investments you can make in yourself: intense leadership programs and immediately applicable skills are some of the benefits for an EMBA graduate.
The Executive Masters of Business Administration degrees, or EMBA as it is commonly known, usually feature curriculums tailored to the demands that executives, managers and entrepreneurs face. Dr. Yiorgos Bakamitsos, Associate Dean of Graduate Business Program, and Associate Professor of Marketing at Stetson University, says that “Most of our students already have a very good salary and benefits package, and are near the top of their careers. However, completing an Executive MBA will often boost their base salary, because employers know their added knowledge has increased their value to the corporation, and also to their teams”. According to the Executive MBA Council, the income of graduates increases an average of 20 percent after they have completed the program. “Even during the program, lasting on average 18 to 20 months, our students have been offered great opportunities inside their companies, and some of them have reached leadership roles”, complements Dr. Bakamitsos. Sarah Culver, currently working for The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, is proof of someone that benefited from this new knowledge and training while still in the program. Sarah believes the EMBA program has helped her to achieve the great opportunity of being part of the Emerging Leaders Program at Walt Disney World, some months ago. “After the Emerging Leaders Program was over, I got promoted to a temporary assignment as a Restaurant Guest Service Manager in Magic Kingdom”, she said. And this is really happening, not only for Sarah, but also for a great number of graduates finishing the EMBA at Stetson.
In an EMBA program, your leadership, problem solving and research skills will be enhanced as faculty relies on the students to share their experiences to reach new plateaus in discussions and learning. The EMBA experience has the goal to stretch students’ capabilities and competencies, preparing them to overcome situational problems, make effective decisions and become reliable and responsive leaders. Programs also focus upon analysis and decision-making skills in addition to advanced knowledge on marketing, accounting, finance, operations and management. With local and international experiences, Stetson EMBA students are prepared to craft and implement competitive strategy and complete business plans.
For David Wood, Director of Admissions for Executive Programs, obtaining an Executive MBA gives all kinds of professionals the opportunity to progress into an executive position. “Besides being an extraordinary opportunity for personal development, completing an EMBA can help you to overcome the challenge of finding an executive position and stand out of the competition”, he says. And he adds, “And if you are an entrepreneur trying to start your own business or boost your company, an EMBA on your record can grant you instant credibility”.
The professional networking opportunities are another important factor to be considered. Wendy Lowe, Assistant Director of EMBA at Stetson in Celebration, Florida, remembers that those networking opportunities are generally more fruitful in an EMBA program, as cohorts progress through the program as a group during their entire journey. Additionally, cohorts are likely to be influential leaders and part of high staff and boards in their companies. “The bonds our students create with faculty and with each other, can open doors and provide our students valuable opportunities for job placement or promotions”, explains Wendy. “It can also be a great tool for future client acquisitions and can create partnership opportunities for those who are thinking about adventure themselves in the entrepreneurship field”. On top of that, a graduate will always have a great list of contacts he or she can pull up every time they need a new talent inside their corporations.
If you are looking for a transformational experience and one that will pay huge dividends personally and professionally, consider Stetson’s Executive MBA program!
More information about Stetson EMBA program, its benefits, schedules, and contact information, can be reached through our Website, http://www.stetson.edu/business/emba/