The Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™) has surveyed corporate recruiters every year, to find out that communication skills and interpersonal skills are the most sought-after soft skills in the hiring process. Management graduates must-have essential employability skills to get a job in an organization.
In the words of a recruiter from a large Indian service and products company, “Everyone coming out of business school seems to have the technological familiarity we require. Soft skills—like communications and people skills—tend to make the difference.”
If we look at the structure of an organization from top to bottom, communication is all-pervasive. Be it delegating a task to a junior or seeking leave from a senior, communication is the essence. Most MBA Aspirants assume MBA to be just another post-graduate program that strengthens academics. However, MBA is not just an academic course, the MBA courseware includes many aspects of developing personality and communication skills that allow students to get into good organizations and climb the organizational hierarchy.
The focus of management graduates is to hold leadership positions and manage teams under them. Leadership roles require a candidate to have effective communication skills to ensure every team member is aligned to the goals, values, and objectives of the project and overall organization.
Management colleges in Kolkata have solely worked towards enhancing the overall personality and communication skills of their students. A dedicated team of soft skill and grooming experts work hand in hand with the students to facilitate their learning. Bengal Institute of Business Studies, an award-winning MBA college in Kolkata, has identified the following reasons to include communication as an imperative part of their course curriculum:
1. Goal setting and rewards
In any organization, people don’t just work for the organization but also to fulfill their own goals. As a manager, individual goals need to lead to the achievement of overall organizational goals also. The achievement of these goals also leads to rewards and recognition. In order to achieve goals overall as a team, communication is the essence.
2. Delegation of tasks
As a manager, one of the most important skill sets is to delegate tasks to the team, where every member of the team gets equal opportunity and feels valued in terms of the work assigned. Delegating work effectively requires you to have clear communication skills.
3. Working in cross-functional roles
Organizations have now become flexible. As an employee, you will be working in roles across different functions. Owing to cross-functional roles, communication is the key to successfully achieving your individual targets.
In order to develop effective communication, one must know:
a) What to say?
b) How to say?
c) Listen and revert
Communication is not restricted to only speaking, but also includes writing. As an employee, you will be sending emails to clients, seniors, and members from other teams. While verbal communication allows you to present yourself before the person, when you write an email one can only read what you have written. Mistakes in spelling, grammar and incorrect tone seem to be the biggest hindrance in presenting effective mails.
The students at BIBS are placed in corporate organizations wherein they have demonstrated excellent leadership skills and effective communications skills.