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Florida International University’s College of Business explores the most
effective ways to teach leadership in and out of the classroom.
Finding gaps in knowledge and building self-awareness are the keys to teaching
leadership skills. At Florida International University’s College of Business, we’ve
seen the effectiveness of problem-based learning, using challenging case studies
as a starting point to gain knowledge. As participants sort through a series
of challenges, they identify their needs and learn through their mistakes. It’s
an effective path to success for any business leader. We see this as fostering
a 3-step process within the learning team. The first step: Present a problem
that’s difficult to solve. Leaders learn best when they’re motivated to seek out
the information and skills they need to get results. They then provide additional
knowledge, and observe and guide participants as they apply that new knowledge.
The skill of sorting through, choosing and acting on relevant information is
vital for top leaders in a complex business world. And finally: Repeat. Present
additional challenges where the new knowledge is applicable. The experience
of putting knowledge to immediate use is a powerful way to learn effective
decision-making. We use this approach in our Executive MBA, which brings
together some of South Florida’s most promising business leaders at our facility at
FIU Downtown on Brickell. We are proud to help future leaders develop the skills
they need to build successful organizations and great communities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David R. Klock is Dean of the College of Business at Florida
International University. For more information about the
Executive MBA program at FIU Downtown on Brickell, call
305.779.7896 or visit FIUEMBA.com.
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