Pursuit of an MBA
There are many reasons why an experienced manger might pursue a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Some of those reasons are to further their career, achieve a personal educational goal, or possibly to become a more effective manager. My primary reason for pursuing continuing education is to become a more effective manager, which will help me further my career.
I must first establish why I am a prime candidate for the pursuit of a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree. According to the Jungian 16-Type Personality Test, my four letter personality type is an ISTP (introverted, sensing, thinking, and perceiving) which classifies me as being perceived as being observant, cool, unpretentious, and highly pragmatic. (Jungian Personality Assessment, 2007) So how do these traits help justify me pursuing my MBA? There are several reasons that I will extrapolate on.
Employees behave in a certain way based on what they see or believe. (Robbins & Judge, 2007) One of the primary goals of a manager is to increase productivity of their unit and their employees. It is important that workers perceive their jobs and working conditions positively to increase their performance. (Robbins & Judge, 2007) How employees and co-workers perceive me is vital to how effective I am in my role as a manager. According to the Jungian 16-Type Personality Test, I am perceived as observant. Merriam-Webster defined observant as careful in observing (as rites, laws, or customs) and mindful. (Merriam-Webster, 2009) Much like Mintzberg’s evaluation in chapter two of The Nature of Managerial Work on managerial roles using observation to learn more about content of various managerial activites (Yuki, 2006), observation is a key managerial skill. It is vital in supervision of subordinates to improve their performance and develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Observation is also valuable in other...