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In all my vigour of applying the question that keeps hitting me back is about placements post MBA (would be hitting many others also I guess). My question specifically though was about companies hiring fresh MBA grads (with 7-8 years work ex.) for leadership positions. My analysis could be absolutely wrong here but when I look around I feel that not many leaders of today are alums of any top MBA college. This brings us to the fundamental argument about whether leaders can be made are you are only born as a leader. But keeping that aside I wanted to ask ex-grads and alumnis over here that when companies come to your colleges do they actually look for candidates who can immediately take on a team leadership role in a senior position? I am talking in terms of leading a team of say 500-1000 members or having 5-6 senior direct reports who themselves are heads of business units.
My feeling is that most of these companies come to these top grad schools for the best analysts or the best project managers. I have seen it around me many grads from top colleges have just come and become delivery directors or small time project managers but when it comes to leadership positions it would most certainly go to an in-house, home bred person....It can be classified as a frog in the well story but tell me if I am wrong.
From what I've seen, firms generally won't go to hire some one out of an MBA program to run a 1000 person division. Seriously, a 1000 person division being run by the typical newly minted MBA with 3-5 years of experience (I realize you mentioned 7-8, but that's more an outlier than the norm)? The typical FT MBA student has managed some where in the 0-20 people range...that's a big step from 500-1000. That said, many firms will go to MBA programs and hire individuals who they expect to be running 500-1000 people teams in 5-10 years. At these firms, frequently the only way to get into such a leadership role is to have gone through the MBA program and then get hired into their GM programs.
That said, you have to be realistic in your expectations. If you're already running a group of 100+ people, chances are a FT MBA isn't the best choice for you; and EMBA or Sloan Fellows program is likely the better choice.
Re: Leadership positions post MBA
01 Nov 2009, 10:59