Communication and Interpersonal Skills for MBAs
By Manisha Rewani [MBA]
Pursuing a master's in business administration is a massive and life-changing undertaking, and can change you in many ways.
As with all fields of study, pursuing an MBA teaches the degree candidate a very particular set of skills along the way - not all of them academic, but nevertheless important skills to support one's long term success in the business world.
If you are considering completing a Master's in Business Administration, you will gain a great deal more than business and accounting skills - you will also learn how to effectively communicate and collaborate with people and clients.
Collaboration is quite potentially one of the most powerful skills demanded of future business administrators. True collaboration requires not only willingness to compromise and overlook small differences of opinion or approach, but a willingness and ability to put aside ego to achieve the task at hand.
Speech and Language
Critical thinking about the way you speak is essential to the success of the business manager or administrator. Learning also to read the body language and speech of someone else is key to learning how to most effectively communicate with them.
Networking seems like a buzzword these days, but the importance of networking in the business world - no matter what your specialization is - cannot be underestimated or understated. The ability to network rises from the roots of good communication and a willingness to engage with everyone you meet in the context of networking.
Good leadership can take many years to master, but the rubrics of leadership will be studied vigorously during the course of a Master of Business Administration degree. Many degree holders go on to find themselves in leadership and management positions.
Motivational ability yet again rides in tandem with solid communication skills - communication skills being the foundation of all soft skills essential to business success. In your program classes, you will explore motivational ability and its role in effective leadership, along with various methodologies of motivation.
The importance of adaptability and flexibility will be stressed in an MBA, and how it can assist you in becoming a truly capable businessperson. Learning to be adaptable will also assist you in negotiation and collaboration - negotiation very often being the meat and drink of business and economics.
Learning to be receptive is a tandem skill to leadership. Receptiveness also assists in motivating people to perform, particularly those you supervise directly, by learning to take the concerns of those you work with seriously and listening carefully to ensure that you can address those concerns as effectively as possible. Being receptive will help those you work with and supervise to understand that you are on their side, and can help motivate them to work harder as a member of your team.
Manisha Rewani [MBA]
AirCrews Aviation Pvt. Ltd