For several years, we've been talking about how the best leaders are those who use both reason and instinct. Our model for sustainable growth in dynamic businesses relies on the complementary powers of left-brained strategy (which most organisations have) and right-brained culture (which all organisations have, but which few engage with positively and proactively).
I was very interested to see this article then, which seems to suggest that the traditional left-brained approach to business taught in an MBA turns out to be less effective than right-brained self-awareness.
And that might seem dangerous from someone who's previously pointed people towards the eMBA provided by Cranfield in partnership with Grant Thornton, and yet it all comes back to that same foundation: students on that qualification get coaching from Grant Thornton, intended specifically to increase self-awareness.
To be clear, we’re not saying MBAs are not useful in leading an organization. But if the linear MBA-trained logic becomes the sole focus — at the cost of other skills, like self-awareness and understanding others and the culture — the leadership approach is out of balance.