Leading Beyond the Title: Flores MBA Students Learn the Foundations of Effective Leadership
November 01, 2022
As workplace culture continues to evolve rapidly, it’s now more important than ever to know what it takes to be a great leader. One of the most important lessons the Flores MBA Program teaches its students is that leadership means much more than a title or hierarchy in a company. This lesson is at the core of the program’s Leadership Essentials course taught by faculty member Rebecca Burdette.
Burdette also teaches MBA students that, as leaders, once they grow and learn in their careers, it is essential to continuously evolve their leadership styles, with the goal of developing into facilitative leaders.
“Facilitative leadership is about revealing and maximizing the collective talents and resources of an organization, internally and externally, to ‘do the right things right.”
“Facilitative leadership is about revealing and maximizing the collective talents and resources of an organization, internally and externally, to ‘do the right things right.’ It is a collaborative and highly communicative style that requires courage, intentionality, awareness, and authenticity. It is truly a human skill and one that will be challenging for AI to replicate. Yet, facilitative leadership is key to organizational success, particularly given the complex business challenges we are facing today,” said Burdette.
In preparation for entering the workforce, Burdette urges her students to seek out information beyond the classroom from a blend of resources. As an avid reader, she believes books, articles, and podcasts are great resources, as are professional development seminars, leadership coaching, and formal education programs like the LSU Flores MBA Program. “A combination of these sources is really needed to flourish, but more importantly, you cannot just be a passive consumer of information. You must commit to deeply processing what you are learning, thinking through how it applies to your own context and journey, and how you can incorporate it into your daily practice as a leader irrespective of your title,” commented Burdette.
All in all, effective leadership is not an easy thing to master; if it were, everyone would be doing it well already. Although, through collaboration and communication in her classroom, Burdette makes sure students leave the Flores MBA Program knowing what it truly means to be an effective leader.
About the Flores MBA Program
The mission of the LSU Flores MBA Program is to remain competitive in the national and regional markets while fostering learning, leadership, and networking in a global business environment. Full-time, executive, and online tracks are offered and provide schedule flexibility for those wishing to pursue their MBA from a nationally recognized program. For more information, visit the Flores MBA Program or call 225-578-8867.