How an Online MBA Focused on Executive Leadership Can Help You Reach Your Goals

If you ask ambitious business professionals positioning themselves to be executive leaders about where they ultimately want to see themselves, you are likely to hear the same answer time and time again: the C-suite. These are the positions that command the highest pay, confer the greatest responsibility and offer the agency to make decisions that dictate the future of whole companies. Reaching these heights is neither easy nor guaranteed — for every one CEO, there are hundreds or even thousands who never break through the ceiling of middle-management. Spring Arbor University’s online MBA with an Executive Leadership concentration can help students make that leap when the time comes, be they new to business or established mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs.

Executive roles are all about strategic leadership. Senior management must understand the dynamics of how to motivate and support the success of employees on a company-wide scale in order to institute top-down policies that encourage growth and stability.

At SAU, students can choose either a path that can be completed in a 12 month accelerated form, or just one course at at time in as few as 18 months. With the understanding gleaned from the program, graduates can immediately apply insights from the classroom to their own work, clearing the way to rapidly climb the corporate ladder. Neither the GMAT nor GRE is required to enroll.

What Will I Learn in an Online MBA Program With an Executive Concentration?
Executive roles are all about strategic leadership. Senior management must understand the dynamics of how to motivate and support the success of employees on a company-wide scale in order to institute top-down policies that encourage growth and stability.

Courses in SAU’s Executive Leadership concentration include:

  • Strategic Leadership: Analyze the traits of successful leaders and absorb the skills and tendencies that facilitate their achievements. Develop your strategic thinking and learn how to turn your plans into actionable results.
  • Management of Organizational Behavior: This course focuses on how to understand the way organizations function on a molecular and psychological level. How do executives ensure that employees are being trained the right way? What motivates productivity and well-being among the members of large collective units? People drive corporate innovation, but they can also bog it down without proper understanding and guidance from their leadership.
  • Strategic Planning and Management: Vision. Mission. Goals. This course is about understanding how your company works on a day to day basis, as well as its business context. The grand strategies of business rely on accurate intelligence, clear-eyed policy; and a willingness to remain adaptive and flexible.

Outside of the concentration, an MBA will give you a strong working knowledge of all of the aspects of the profession that concern senior managers, including finance, marketing, accounting and international business.

What Is the Earning Potential of Someone in Senior Management?
The salary range for director-level positions is diverse. Being the CEO of a small local firm isn’t directly comparable to being the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffet) for example. With that said, the median salary of a Business Operations Manager in 2016 was $99,310 per year, according to money.usnews.com.

Why Spring Arbor?
Spring Arbor University and the Gainey School of Business offer one of the best US News-ranked online MBA programs in the Midwest; it was also recently ranked among the top 15 online programs in Michigan by Online MBA Today. Our faculty take a purpose-driven approach rooted in ethical business practices. Given widespread public distrust of figures in the corporate world, we believe that the key to rehabilitating that image and contributing to a healthier country is by graduating top candidates with strong moral standing.

An SAU MBA carries weight regionally and nationally. Thanks to the ability to be completed 100 percent online, it provides a ready means for those already striving to make their mark professionally by upgrading their skills and separating themselves from the competition. Contact us today for a brochure.

For more information, please see Why Take an Online MBA Program in Michigan and Admissions Representative Joins Online MBA Students at International Business Summit.

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