Leading by Doing
Successful leadership is central to the growth and effectiveness of sustainable organisations, and it has a fundamental role to play in making a company special. These factors are addressed in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Leading for Success 10-day consortium programme, which runs September to December, and the High Potentials Leadership 5-day consortium programme, which runs August to October.
Della Wong, Head of HKUST Business School Executive Education Office, says the Leading for Success programme provides participants with a wealth of opportunities to enhance their leadership effectiveness. “The programme also helps senior business executives refresh their fundamental leadership skills,’’ adds Wong.
Spread across four modules, the programme is structured to accommodate the schedules of busy executives. Wong says it covers leadership topics that are essential to all executives, including ways to boost overall performance in others, and foster creative thinking.
“This is the 10th year we have offered the Leading for Success programme, which is designed to give experienced executives fresh ideas, and provide them with a broader perspective,” says Wong. Strengths of the high-level, high-impact programme include the diversity, experience, and seniority of the participants, who come from a wide range of industry sectors and workplace cultures.
Wong says executives acquire cutting-edge business knowledge and management skills from HKUST faculty members, who are aware of the issues facing executives in today’s workplace. Programme highlights include ways to harness strategic thinking to create value, a process which is considered essential for career development.
Participants are mainly established business leaders and senior government staff who have a minimum of 10 years of executive experience. “While the majority of our students are from Hong Kong, we also have participants from the Asia-Pacific region.’’ says Wong.
“The vibrant mix of students, which includes participants from leading companies and organisations, provides excellent networking opportunities,’’ notes Wong. “Participants often tell us that problems they thought were unique to themselves have also challenged others, who have found solutions.’’ HKUST collects feedback and suggestions from participants to ensure that programme content remains relevant.
To help organisations cultivate future star performers, the High Potentials Leadership 5-day consortium programme focuses on improving leadership capabilities. It fosters strategic thinking to create value, something which is essential for career development, and helps aspiring leaders to acquire cutting-edge business and management knowledge.
A recent CEB survey found that approximately three-quarters of companies worldwide are not confident in their ability to effectively staff leadership positions over the next five years. With this in mind, the High Potentials programme provides opportunities to explore the latest business and leadership thinking, and a chance to network with peers from a wide spectrum of industry sectors and workplace cultures.
“By developing a talent pipeline internally, employers are in a stronger position to develop and retain key staff,’’ says Wong. The programme, which is aimed at individuals with five to 10 years’ work experience, provides participants with cutting-edge management and leadership knowledge, and skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace. Wong says the programme is a positive way for companies to let potential leaders know they are being recognised, motivated, and challenged.
Wong says the HKUST considers it an endorsement of the benefits and relevance of its leadership programmes that, year after year, many of same employers enroll their executives and potential leaders in the programmes. HKUST also has significant experience in providing customised business and leadership programmes for companies and organisations based on individual company needs. “Our tailor-made programmes are a cost effective way of providing businesses with knowledge and expertise based on their own scenarios, knowledge that can be immediately applied in a professional role,’’ says Wong.