Skills to be nurtured to refine managerial talent

Skills to be nurtured to refine managerial talent

Skills to be nurtured to refine managerial talent

In the present era of technology and start-ups, India is becoming tremendous influence when it comes to strategic brilliance, distinction and innovation in the world business scenario.

Many Indians are now stepping into C-suite positions at some of the world’s best multinational giants. We are also witnessing a sea of young Indians plunging into the sea of entrepreneurship. Business schools in India too are gearing up to leap up the ladder.

Keeping the current India in mind where we see MNCs and Indian start-ups proliferating and creating jobs within and outside the country, business schools are incorporating analytical and leadership skills as a major decisive factor for recruiting aspirants into their institutes.

Apart from the Indian Institutes of Management, we are also seeing many private business schools which are surfacing and broadening their presence across a diverse scale of industries by offering outstanding resources to those who can add value to their businesses.

So, why is that employers prefer recruiting MBA graduates? When it comes to the current scenario, a host of organisations have a more flat structure than before and demand employees who are competent enough to manage their work independently.

Some companies may not be inclined to select students who have no exposure to corporate functioning at all and who do not have sufficient training in soft skills.

Organisations necessitate employees with sophisticated skillsets who are proficient in shouldering responsibilities from day one in their work places. Some skills that are expected of MBA graduates are:


  •  Basic language & presentation skills: English as a corporate language plays a decisive role in every top B-school graduate’s professional life. In view of the campus recruitment, it becomes all the more crucial for fresh graduates.
  •  Presentation skills: This is one of the most important skills, which will make one go places. This is because, in the current business scenario, the potential to present any case with a workable solution in persuasive, personalised and professional manner is highly valued by the corporate sector.
  •  Interpersonal skills: According to research, the skills that employers look for the most in MBA graduates are interpersonal skills — communication, self awareness and team work are expected from the corporate. Interpersonal skills are, of course, indispensable for anyone working as a steward, in which, working with and stimulating others can truly create the positive difference between success and failure – be it with clients, peers or subordinates. And one should not forget that lack of such skills could potentially hamper networking opportunities.
  •  Strategic thinking & decision making: Strategic thinking is a key element of the MBA programme – one effect of the degree has to be the ability of aspirants to shift from a well-designed role to a ‘large picture’ one. One must be able to envision the future of an organisation, and figure how to get there, factoring in the agility to deal with competitors and market forces by achieving competitive advantage.
  •  Communication skills: Possessing good communication skills is all about being able to convey information to people clearly and simply, in a way that things are understood and get done. It’s about transmitting and receiving messages clearly, and being able to read one’s audience. One needs to be able to communicate well to sell your vision of the future to investors, potential clients, team members etc.
  •  Leadership skills: A management graduate must have leadership skills to facilitate the carrying out of purposeful roles by his or her colleagues.

It is the continuous process of influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how to do it, and the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish shared objectives.

(The author is assistant professor, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumakuru)

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