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Everyone wants to be a leader

Internationally recognized leadership and management qualifications are highly sought after commodities and more professionals are looking to obtain this ‘stamp of approval.’

There is a growing demand for management training as professionals seek to acquire the skills that will help them effectively supervise operations and people in the private, public and NGO sector.

“Businesses are looking to attract the best talent available. They expect their managers to have a well-rounded management education, including leadership and personal skills and the ability to think critically," says Marietjie Wepener, Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Stellenbosch Business.

Professionals are now more aware of industry needs and employer demands; as a result learners have become more driven and only invest in training that will truly impact their performance and contribute to personal growth and success.

“People plan their careers much better than in the past. They know what they are looking for in a business school and business education.”

“They make sure that they receive assistance to plan and develop their careers, and that they are given opportunities to make contact with possible employers during their studies - a service that top business schools offer as part of the package.”

Wepener urges businesses to invest in their best employees by providing opportunities for training and personal development in the areas of management and leadership.

“We see many excellent specialists such as engineers, lawyers and accountants, who develop into excellent managers once they have acquired the necessary broad managerial and leadership competencies.”

Entrepreneurs are also seeing the value of leadership and management training and this interest has contributed to the growth in leadership development programmes.

Across the globe large corporations and small businesses are suffering from a lack of leadership skills. Companies are closing down because employers are not equipped to organise, manage and lead people in the business.

Now future business leaders are taking charge by finding the training that will help them lead businesses successfully.

By Cindy Payle – Skills Portal

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