What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Leadership?

Traci Williams

MSL graduate leading his team

If you have earned your undergraduate degree and are looking to pursue a master’s degree in business, you may be curious about the Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) and whether this program would be a good fit for you.

To begin, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are you passionate about being a leader?
  2. Do you want to grow in both your career and your personal life?
  3. Do you want to become more marketable in your field?
  4. Are you ready to take your career to the next level?

If you answered yes to all these questions, then keep reading! A master’s in leadership will help you achieve these goals.

How a Master of Science in Leadership Can Help You Take the Lead

The master’s program in leadership is designed for students to build on their existing strengths and skill sets. Throughout the program, students integrate a foundation of leadership with executive acuity and explore business leadership models and theories to improve organizations on a global scale. Along the way, expert practitioners guide learners in the study of traits and practices that empower leaders.

The MSL degree program examines leadership through the lens of conscious capitalism with a focus on the constructs of ethics, entrepreneurship and servant leadership. The four guiding principles of conscious capitalism: conscious leadership, conscious culture, higher purpose, and stakeholder orientation (Conscious Capitalist Credo, 2020) provide a framework from which students can learn to lead and serve. Students learn about the factors that distinguish servant leaders and how attending to others’ needs can nurture positive, diverse, and productive work cultures. In addition, this program teaches leadership communication and how to foster collaboration among diverse team members.

Foundational to the program’s curriculum are seminal work on Conscious Capitalism (John Mackey & Raj Sisodia) Leadership (Robert Greenleaf, 1970). "Everybody Matters" by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia and “The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World” by Michael Gelb and Raj Sisodia.

Having a Master of Science in Leadership allows students to pursue their passion in almost any career field. Armed with skills in critical thinking, analysis, data interpretation and ethical problem-solving, graduates with this advanced leadership degree are prepared to lead any type of organization effectively at the highest levels. The following positions are popular choices among those with a master’s degree in leadership:

1. C-level Executive

Companies of every kind have opportunities for leadership graduates with a solid work history and educational background. Common positions in this category are chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO) and general manager.

2. Human Resources Manager

Professionals in this leadership position oversee an organization’s recruiting, hiring and training programs, benefits plans, workplace culture, resolution of employee disputes and compliance.

3. Sales Manager

Since sales drive revenue and help businesses meet their goals, organizations in every industry are looking for qualified professionals to lead their sales teams. With the right skills and educational background, MSL graduates often find opportunities to advance from that role into higher-level positions, such as vice president or president of sales.

4. Entrepreneur/Founder

Many graduates with a leadership degree go on to create and run their own businesses, often in an industry they already know or a field they are passionate about. Equipped with the knowledge and skills acquired in this master’s program, they can transform self-employment from a dream into a reality.

If you’re looking to grow in your career and become a leader committed to motivating and inspiring others, the Master of Science in Leadership may be the perfect fit for you. Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business provides students with the high level of critical thinking and analytical skills required in today’s complex business settings. To learn more about business degrees at GCU, use the Request More Info button at the top of the page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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