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What Type of Leader Are You?

Posted date: 16 April 2020

Not everyone has been blessed to work with bosses who emulate the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr., Sheryl Sandberg or even Bill Gates. It’s also noteworthy to acknowledge that from these three names alone, not every leader is charismatic.

Archetype leadership includes autocratic and democratic styles, to name just a couple.

The autocratic leader is likely authoritative in nature, gives orders and directions, micro-manages and generally sits above the team. Steve Jobs of Apple and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo! were both known to be autocratic leaders.

Democratic leaders aren’t as prescriptive. They work alongside team members, empowering them, providing platforms for them to express themselves freely. Barack Obama is an example of a leader who freely offers guidance to his team.

While one might instantaneously think the ways of the autocratic leader may be less effective, members of this group offer contributions of much higher quality. Contrarily, democratic members are less productive in nature.

This then begs the question of when the different leadership styles would affect growth. When should a leader be despotic and when a participatory style is more welcomed?

Some would argue that leadership is a personality trait but we at FHNW strongly believe these skills can be learnt and nurtured through the MBA courses which we offer across our various campuses in Basel, Brugg-Windisch and in Asia. Through the various modules, resources such as real-world case studies and networking opportunities, participants of these courses can also blend leadership styles to tackle specific business challenges.

As an example, if the deadline is long, team members may not be motivated, or have the urgency to complete their responsibilities fast enough or to put in a lot of effort. In this instance, the leader should be authoritative. Contrarily, if the deadline is short, the leader should be egalitarian in nature to ensure tasks get done on time.

Leadership styles are optimised by the demands of the business and needs of the team. No single style is more superior than the other. Bring out the leader in you. Enrol in the FHNW Swiss-Asian MBA today.

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Flexible Learning in Higher Education

Posted date: 16 April 2020

Classroom learning has been put on hold with the global outbreak of Coronavirus, but we at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) share the desire and commitment to use technological means to bring you the best practices in Swiss-based teaching. Enter pedagogical learning through online formats, offered through our Swiss-Asian MBA.

Through our many years of experience in the modern education system, we know that our teaching methods and available resources ameliorate the current dilemma. Faculty members have a solid groundwork to continue courses through the most efficient means. First and perhaps most important, online learning has been the preferred choice amongst working adults. This trend has not proved to be better than it has now.

“While the world is facing an unprecedented pandemic, it is still crucial we also create an unprecedented period of stability for students enrolled with FHNW,” says Prof. Rolf-Dieter Reineke, Head of MBA Programmes at the FHNW School of Business.

“In these unnerving times, we will look out for our students who feel concerned about their futures. I want our students to know that we have their best interest at heart and no student will feel pressured into making a quick decision.”

The Swiss-Asian MBA is set-up as a blended learning MBA, incorporating webinars and virtual classrooms. Some of the privileges offered through this programme include opportunities for students to experience international business cultures, to network with the who’s who from various industries and foster work-relationships that thrive even during trying times.

This form of flexible learning is not just about distance education. It is the learner’s choice in choosing the type of experience that best suits his lifestyle, work schedule, and in current times, the environment. Among them, options in course resources, learning activities, and even in the type of media to support this learning option. You could say that this learning option has its own immunity against the barriers holding us back from moving forward.

One notable feature of this programme is that students have more targeted and responsive communication with their lecturers. Students will be able to ask questions at their own location, in their own time, at their own comfort without worrying about being scrutinised by an entire classroom. It also gives the lecturer the flexibility to better guide the student.

The Swiss-Asian MBA is the programme to upskill your expertise and enhance your knowledge effectively and efficiently today. This programme is conducted with rolling intakes, so you can kickstart your MBA at any time.

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Contact Us

University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
School of Business
Peter Merian-Strasse 86
4002 Basel

Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Reineke
Programme Manager
T +41 79 372 85 62
rolfdieter.reineke@fhnw.ch

Representative Office,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Subramaniam Rajagopal
Education Manager
T +60 19 399 63 56
rajagopal.subramaniam@fhnw.ch

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