Thusang Mahlangu – My MBA journey
Thusang Mahlangu was head of property underwriting for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Africa region before he studied for his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Milpark Education. He is now the CEO.
He says he did his MBA, which took him 2.5 years to complete, to deepen his understanding of how a business functions, including how to run a successful business, improve his leadership skills and develop strategic management skills.
Thusang says he chose Milpark for its flexibility. “There’s the option of evening lectures or weekend lectures. My work involved a lot of travel, so if I missed a lecture during the week, I could catch up over the weekend. I also chose it because it ranked number one in the higher education private sector by PMR.africa. I liked the programme structure. For example, you start working on your dissertation from the first year, and the digital systems that Milpark uses.”
What did you learn when you did your MBA?
1. It's not about having the right answers; it is about asking the right questions!
2. I learned how to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
3. Business cannot act in isolation from the environment it operates in. It needs to act as a responsible citizen to build stronger communities.
4. To be great leader, you need to be a great follower (Syndicate Dynamics).
5. Work is also a team sport (every member of the team is important to the overall success). You don't and can't know it all. It takes a team to get you through an MBA.
6. I also learned about ethical leadership in business.
What has the Milpark MBA done for you?
Thusang says the MBA has taught him to ask the right questions and to appreciate teamwork. “Especially in my ExCo meetings I don't always have the answers but what I do frequently is ask the right questions to steer the business in the right direction. Some of the brilliant ideas have come from junior members of my team – (every member of the team is important to the overall success of the organisation).”
His advice to others thinking of doing their MBA is to visit the business school and have a discussion with the Dean and some of the lecturers. “Review the programme structure. Select the mode of delivery that works for you. Remember to get support from workplace, spouse/partner and family...you will need it!”
05 Sep 2018