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Leadership Development Programs in Business Schools – Equipping Leaders for Success
Paper Proposal Text :
In this ultra-competitive and fast changing business environment, no organization (whether belonging to any sector; public or private) is in a position to take its past success for granted. Due to the changing dynamics of business ecosystem on account of globalization, organizations howsoever small or large in terms of size/structure cannot expect their past success to recur in the future. Bullish face of an organization turns bearish in no time.
Time being the only constant, has witnessed enough success and failure stories to justify this statement. The rise of Samsung and the downfall of Nokia from the top of the pyramid is a perfect example to illustrate the volatile nature of the business and the competitive world. It also underlines the fact that how strategies and leadership can be a boon or bane for organizations.
Leadership development is not only a fast growing industry but also the most sought after word in Google search engine. Google fetches around 40 Million pages if we type “leadership development”. Despite the fact that enough time and effort has been invested worldwide on leadership development and its application, it is not possible to single out an exact definition of this term.
Though leadership development is a burning topic across the world but it has special consideration when it comes to GCC countries. GCC has been the site of growing interest in leadership development in public, private as well as non-profit sectors.
GCC has witnessed tremendous growth in leadership development programs in the recent years , the program differs widely in target groups, methodologies, pedagogies, program goals, trainers as well as assessment tools. GCC region has been so flooded with leadership programs that it is now on the verge of saturation.
In the GCC context it is also important to understand that leadership development and leader development terms are most often interchangeably used in the region. The distinction between leadership development and leader development corresponds to the difference between social capital development and human capital development. If viewed from different lens, leader development emphasizes on developing intra personal competence and effectiveness, on the other hand, leadership development emphases on interpersonal competence and effectiveness. Until now GCC region has been predominantly focusing on leader development programs.

Through this paper we have tried to unearth and understand the following points:
1. What are the key challenges faced by GCC countries and business schools in effectively imparting leadership development.
2. What are the key recommendations for encouraging and advancing effective leadership development in GCC?
3. How are business schools addressing leadership development? What role can they play in developing leaders for the public and private sectors?
The first section covers the in-depth exploration for root causes of Leadership development growth in GCC. It highlights the various socio-political and economic reasons of the growing interest that is being displayed by both public and private sectors as well as business schools in fostering leadership development. The second section covers detailed conceptual analysis of the challenges being faced by GCC countries in making their leadership development programs effective and fruitful. It will also throw light on the importance of effective assessment of leadership development programs to objectively gauge the impact. We believe that effective leadership depends on increasing leaders’ self-awareness to understand what gives them purpose, how their strengths can be maximised and their potential blindspots. Thereore, in the third and the last section we have offered recommendations for advancing leadership development programs offered by business schools and making the best use for the growth of the economy and the nation as a whole.
The research is important for GCC region, which is positioned for massive expansion. For this, pipeline of future leaders is critical and the absence of this will surely hamper their growth.

Keywords: Business Schools, Leadership Development, Self-awareness