Who wouldn’t like to be a leader? Who wouldn’t like to have a team of people reporting to him or her? Who wouldn’t want to be a key decision maker in the team? Of course, almost everyone who has stepped into the business realm desires to hold position of power. It is intoxicating as they say, but it is no cake walk either. To be able to manage a team of people is no easy task. A leader precisely is someone who is looked upon to by everyone around, someone who takes the beaten path and come up trumps in the end, someone who do not take no for an answer and believes in making things happen. It is the pressure to perform extremely well, that drives a leader across industries, sectors and professions. It is not a fancy designation though, but it is more or less like a crown of thorns on your head. Nonetheless, it ultimately boils down to people management and the talent of being the master of the game.In the race to climb success ladder as soon as possible, people tend to hurry up with things and the private sector is all too generous with giving fancy job titles to their staff. But then, when it comes to managing a team in real, top graduates from top-notch universities and colleges falter. In other words, fall short of expectations. This is when the need arises to offer some additional knowledge with regard to their management skills, both people management skills and professional management skills.Today, companies and individuals, hailing from both public and private arena look forward to going a step ahead and brushing up their skills. Little wonder executive programmes have becoming popular by the day even among those who have diverse and extensive work experience.A head of a leading business house, who’s had spent almost 15 years growing the company, took a sabbatical recently to equip him with an additional degree. The work experience he gained indeed was invaluable; however, he believed that an executive degree at this stage will add on to his information and knowledge base which then can be leveraged to enhance his professional and personal arena.Intellectual growth has to be one of the crucial components of any individual’s life. Nonetheless it means and modes can vary from job learning, or a self-initiated mechanism, or a formal academic mode, says experts. And people mainly opt for a formal academic mode.But the foremost critical decision is to decide whether this degree will be a sensible value addition for ones future or is it a momentary escapism; a syndrome of mid-life crises. For the latter will be extremely transient and negative deflection of one’s energies. So it is critical that personal and professional goals amalgamate, suggest experts.