Masters degree leads way

ONE of the world’s first masters degree programs focusing on leadership is being run by Curtin Graduate School of Business.

Masters in Leadership and Management course coordinator associate professor Ron Cacioppe said the factors changing attitudes to work were a decade of downsizing and outsourcing, the advent of the millennium and the current middle ageing of baby boomers.

Per capita, consumption has risen by 45 per cent in the past twenty years but, despite higher incomes, the overall quality of life has fallen 51 per cent – indicating something is wrong with how work fits in with people’s lives.

Three out of four people today do not believe their personal values fit with the values of their organisation.

Mr Cacioppe said for businesses to succeed in the increasingly interconnected world of the twenty-first century, they “must create ‘spirit’ at work, at individual, team and organisational levels”.

“Creating spirit at work is about finding a unifying person, team and organisational experience that brings people together to see that they are contributing to a larger good,” he said.

“Instead of seeing the world as a ‘flatland’ out there – some objective, external thing on which we operate to make a profit for external shareholders – we need to realise we are part of that world and not separate from it.

“This requires we drop a deal of ‘ego stuff’ that currently

drives many organisations.”

The MLM program can be completed full-time in eighteen months or part-time in three years as it is run in trimesters.

The next course begins in January.

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