"Visions of World Benefit & Global Responsibility: Perspectives of McGill Students

Monday, August 13, 2007

21st Century Education

Management education has gone through an evolutionary process throughout the course of its history as illustrated in the course handout “A Brief History of Management”. Management education seeks to provide students with the knowledge, expertise and tools to succeed in the worldwide industry of business commerce. I believe that one of the problems historically and still today is that institutions and professors alike place too much emphasis on the theoretical aspect of learning instead of putting focus on practice and innovation. After my 1st year of education at McGill, Organizational Behavior is one of the very few classes that promote creativity and vision. I believe the success of this course can be explained by the enthusiasm and passion our professor exhibits for this topic and the manner in which he teaches it.

The role of the 21st Century leader is to be a social artist, spiritual visionary and cultural innovator. I believe this statement to be true, but the path on which the educational system is taking us may not exactly shape us to be aspiring future leaders we should be. Creativity should be acknowledged as an essential tool in management education because most manuals present outdated information by the time it reaches students and in a fast-paced and continuously changing global environment, we as leaders need to be a step ahead and not one behind.

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