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Leadership expert tells MBA students ‘take control of your career journey’

11 October 2017

Buchi Onwugbonu talking to MBA students

Buchi Onwugbonu, Managing Director within BT’s Wholesale and Ventures Division, has visited the School to deliver a guest lecture on personal leadership.

Students on the MBA programme heard about how they can secure a successful career by being proactive and taking full responsibility from the onset. Mr Onwugbonu also shared some key learning points by citing examples from his own career journey working in finance, consulting and more recently where driving major business transformations.

Focusing on personal leadership and its vital role in contemporary society, Mr Onwugbonu outlined some mistakes to avoid like reluctance to seek help from others that can help shape your career, or being unclear about the career path you’d like to follow.

Career success

The lecture ended with an explanation of some practical steps where personal leadership can be applied to facilitate career success.

Mr Onwugbonu’s impressive portfolio includes setting up a global field services operation spanning 30+ countries across the globe.

Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna said: “We are delighted to welcome Buchi to the Business School. The students will benefit immensely from his experience and insight as a successful FTSE 100 executive...”

“An important aim of the MBA programme is to develop students to be reflective practitioners. Personal leadership combines aspects of the theories we teach on the MBA programme with the practical skills that are necessary to navigate individual and managerial careers.”

Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna, Professor of Management and Organization

Since the launch of the School’s ambitious strategy in 2015, public value has informed all teaching and learning activity, enabling students to develop a moral sentiment and sympathetic imagination towards the social and economic challenges of our time.

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