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Business calls for graduates to develop leadership skills

A new degree focussed on leadership development will help equip the business leaders of tomorrow with the soft skills required in the ever changing business environment. 
Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics is launching the Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce, an integrated degree developed in response to a call from business to further develop leadership and management skills in graduates. 

The goal is to better prepare future business leaders to rapidly adapt to agile and highly innovative modern organisations.

The Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce, designed with industry input from the Business Council of Australia, combines high level soft skills such as leadership, decision making, problem solving and communication with the technical expertise developed in the Bachelor of Commerce. 

Running for the first time in semester one 2014, the degree has been specifically designed for students with the potential to develop the capability, sensibility and commitment to become tomorrow’s leaders. 

Professor Leigh Wood, Associate Dean at Macquarie University Faculty of Business and Economics said, “The Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce was developed to meet a business need for graduates to have a combination of both soft and technical skills.  ” 

“The degree provides a holistic understanding of what it takes to be a capable, adaptable and inspiring leader in today’s fast changing business environment.” 

The four year integrated degree program (BBusLeadBCom) encompasses a first degree, which combines personal leadership development, with a second, traditional professional degree. Students select a major in the commerce discipline, and complete leadership based subjects from the second year. 

The degree equips graduates to build their career as business leaders, managers or consultants in finance, economics, international business, human resources, marketing or accounting.

The degree will be showcased at the 2013 Macquarie University Open Day on 14 September.