AIM Pres­i­dent, Dr. Steve Dekrey, guides you on the path to lead­er­ship

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SO YOU’RE a young pro­fes­sional pass­ing down Ayala Av­enue, pleased with an­other hard day’s work, gaz­ing at the wink­ing Christ­mas lights and hope­ful that, some­time in the fu­ture, you will re­al­ize your dream to be among the re­spected ex­ec­u­tives of the Philip­pines’ un­matched busi­ness cen­ter. But where can you find some­one to teach you how to be a leader?

You can­not, ad­mits Dr. Steve DeKrey, new pres­i­dent of the Asian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment (AIM). Lead­er­ship is “learned pretty much on the job,” he says. “You can pro­vide frame­works and think­ing points, de­ci­sion mod­els and all that, but the ac­tual lead­er­ship is very per­sonal when it is ap­plied. It’s in the field.

“I started out my work in Asia 16 years ago, try­ing to iden­tify the Asian leader,” he con­tin­ues. “I’ve given that up. It doesn’t ex­ist... I re­al­ized that the best Asian lead­ers are global lead­ers. We live in a world that has no bound­aries, a world where a prod­uct la­beled Made in China may have parts from Italy, In­dia, Viet­nam, or Philip­pines, but is just as­sem­bled in China. A world where a US cus­tomer calls the ser­vice hot­line, but is con­nected to a call cen­ter in Makati. We need global lead­ers.”

MADE BY LEAD­ERS, MAK­ING LEAD­ERS

Last Au­gust, Dr. DeKrey joined AIM, which is an in­sti­tu­tion es­tab­lished by lead­ers. Founded in 1968 with the Har­vard Busi­ness School, Asian aca­demi­cians, and prom­i­nent busi­ness lead­ers such as Jaime Zo­bel de Ayala and Eu­ge­nio Lopez, Sr. AIM de­signs its masters and ex­ec­u­tive pro­grams to de­velop prac­tic­ing man­agers in Asia’s emerg­ing mar­kets. With its lo­ca­tion in Makati, AIM is eas­ily in touch with the Philip­pines’ busi­ness and fi­nan­cial com­mu­nity. With 39,900 alumni, it has clien­tele and alumni world­wide, and meets the global ac­cred­i­ta­tion stan­dards of the US-based As­so­ci­a­tion to Ad­vance Col­le­giate Schools of Busi­ness (AACSB).

Be­ing a global leader en­tails work­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment of mul­ti­ple cul­tures, sit­u­a­tions, and chal­lenges. “In life in gen­eral, it is a mis­take if we don’t re­flect on and in­ter­nal­ize the sit­u­a­tions that we face,” ex­plains Dr. DeKrey. “If we fail to gain from th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences and de­velop through them, then we let valu­able op­por­tu­ni­ties go to waste. Bring that into sharper fo­cus, and the same holds true for the lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence… Lead­ers are good lis­ten­ers. They are re­spon­sive; they are team play­ers. Lead­er­ship now is not the sin­gle dom­i­nant en­tity, com­mand-and- con­trol. That is long gone. Lead­er­ship now is re­ally team man­age­ment. It is in­spir­ing oth­ers.”

Amher Ables (EMBA 2009) of Hewlett- Packard cred­its his AIM ex­pe­ri­ence for trans­form­ing him into a leader. “Tak­ing my MBA in AIM was a very pow­er­ful life ex­pe­ri­ence,” he shared. “I was able to en­hance my skills of lead­er­ship, team­work, fore­sight, in­sight, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and ethics… AIM has changed me as a per­son. AIM has given me the com­pe­tency, flex­i­bil­ity, and con­fi­dence to steer my ca­reer to the best the in­dus­try could of­fer.”

BE­COM­ING A LEADER MADE EASY

How­ever, not ev­ery­one has the fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity to in­vest in grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion. Thus, AIM has part­nered with BPI on a stu­dent loan fa­cil­ity that of­fers full tuition cov­er­age at a fixed in­ter­est. If you’re a Filipino with lead­er­ship po­ten­tial and you have been ac­cepted into an AIM de­gree pro­gram, then you may avail of the loan. For the same monthly pay­ments as a car, you can get an AIM de­gree, which means bet­ter job op­por­tu­ni­ties, higher value, and your dream lead­er­ship role within reach.

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