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Working As A Business Leader

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $130,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Leader Do

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Duties

Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure changes are working

Although some management analysts work for the organization that they analyze, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. 

Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization’s managers.

Management analysts often specialize in certain areas, such as inventory management or reorganizing corporate structures to eliminate duplicate and nonessential jobs. Some consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications. In government, management analysts usually specialize by type of agency.

Organizations hire consultants to develop strategies for entering and remaining competitive in today’s marketplace.

Management analysts who work on contract may write proposals and bid for jobs. Typically, an organization that needs the help of a management analyst solicits proposals from a number of consultants and consulting companies that specialize in the needed work. Those who want the work must then submit a proposal by the deadline that explains how the consultant will do the work, who will do the work, why they are the best consultants to do the work, what the schedule will be, and how much it will cost. The organization that needs the consultants then selects the proposal that best meets its needs and budget.

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How To Become A Business Leader

Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Few colleges and universities offer formal programs in management consulting. However, many fields of study provide a suitable education because of the range of areas that management analysts address. Common fields of study include business, management, economics, political science and government, accounting, finance, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and English.

Analysts also routinely attend conferences to stay up to date on current developments in their field.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation to those who meet minimum levels of education and experience, submit client reviews, and pass an interview and exam covering the IMC USA’s code of ethics. Management consultants with a CMC designation must be recertified every 3 years. Management analysts are not required to get certification, but it may give jobseekers a competitive advantage.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many analysts enter the occupation with several years of work experience. Organizations that specialize in certain fields typically try to hire candidates who have experience in those areas. Typical work backgrounds include experience in management, human resources, and information technology. 

Advancement

As consultants gain experience, they often take on more responsibility. At the senior level, consultants may supervise teams working on more complex projects and become more involved in seeking out new business. Those with exceptional skills may eventually become partners in their consulting organization and focus on attracting new clients and bringing in revenue. Senior consultants who leave their consulting company often move to senior management positions at nonconsulting organizations.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Management analysts must be able to interpret a wide range of information and use their findings to make proposals.

Communication skills. Management analysts must be able to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Management analysts must work with managers and other employees of the organizations where they provide consulting services. They should work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals. 

Problem-solving skills. Management analysts must be able to think creatively to solve clients’ problems. Although some aspects of different clients’ problems may be similar, each situation is likely to present unique challenges for the analyst to solve.

Time-management skills. Management analysts often work under tight deadlines and must use their time efficiently to complete projects on time.

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Business Leader Career Paths

Business Leader
Program Manager General Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales And Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Marketing Director
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Product Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Director Regional Sales Director
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Project Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Business Director Attorney
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Information Technology Manager
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director General Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Senior Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Director Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Account Executive
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director President Of Operations
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Team Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Founder And Chief Executive Officer
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Manager 4.2 years
Senior Director 3.9 years
Business Partner 3.6 years
Senior Leader 3.5 years
National Leader 3.4 years
Business Director 3.3 years
Practice Leader 3.2 years
Region Leader 3.1 years
Business Leader 3.0 years
Process Leader 3.0 years
Project Leader 2.8 years
Leader 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 5.6%
Director 5.1%
Consultant 4.8%
Internship 4.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.5%
President 5.3%
Director 5.3%
Leader 4.5%
Manager 4.0%

Business Leader Demographics

Gender

Male

60.8%

Female

36.1%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

74.8%

Asian

11.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.1%

Mandarin

7.5%

Hindi

6.5%

French

6.5%

Portuguese

4.7%

German

4.7%

Urdu

3.7%

Italian

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%

Korean

2.8%

Gujarati

1.9%

Malay

1.9%

Swedish

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Danish

0.9%

Norwegian

0.9%

Nepali

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Carrier

0.9%
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Business Leader Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.9%

Webster University

5.7%

Cornell University

5.7%

Northwestern University

5.3%

Purdue University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.4%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.4%

University of Washington

4.4%

New York University

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

University of Chicago

4.0%

University of Alabama

3.5%

Washington University in Saint Louis

3.5%

Villanova University

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%

Auburn University

3.1%

Georgia State University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

37.9%

Management

8.0%

Finance

6.9%

Marketing

6.7%

Computer Science

5.0%

Accounting

4.8%

Communication

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Information Technology

2.5%

Project Management

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Education

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Economics

1.9%

Supply Chain Management

1.9%

Information Systems

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

35.3%

Other

13.9%

Associate

3.9%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Business Leader Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Strategic Business Lead and Principal Consultant Asap Solutions Group Atlanta, GA Jun 22, 2015 $482,619
Business Lead DDB Worldwide Communications Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2016 $250,000 -
$290,000
Talent Management Business Lead Hp Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 16, 2015 $191,880
International Business Leader Roche Sequencing Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 11, 2016 $187,907 -
$292,200
International Business Leader Roche Sequencing Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 04, 2016 $187,907 -
$292,200
Senior Business Leader Mastercard International Incorporated NY Aug 15, 2016 $185,224 -
$259,200
Senior Business Leader, Advanced Analytics Mastercard International Incorporated NY Feb 02, 2016 $185,000
Business Leader for Mobile Content Operations VMS Communications LLC Miami, FL Sep 10, 2015 $180,000
Business Leader for Mobile Content Operations VMS Communications LLC Miami, FL Oct 09, 2015 $180,000
Business Leader, Mobile Wallet Solutions Mastercard International Incorporated NY Jan 09, 2016 $175,000
Business Leader, Product Mastercard International Incorporated New York, NY Jan 12, 2015 $173,250
Senior Business Leader, Mobile Products Visa USA Miami, FL Feb 12, 2015 $171,360 -
$191,360
Business Leader, Software Engineering Mastercard International Incorporated San Carlos, CA Apr 24, 2015 $170,000
Business Leader, Product Management Mastercard International Incorporated Miami, FL Jan 12, 2015 $167,000
Business Leader, Software Engineering Mastercard International Incorporated OFallon, MO Oct 24, 2015 $134,460
Finance Business Solution Delivery Lead Accenture LLP Milpitas, CA Feb 03, 2016 $134,000
Business Leader, Customer Risk Management Mastercard International Incorporated NY Nov 24, 2015 $134,000
Finance Business Solution Delivery Lead Accenture LLP San Jose, CA Feb 03, 2016 $134,000
Friction Segment Business Leader Enpro Associates, LLC Rome, GA Sep 11, 2015 $132,400
Friction Segment Business Leader Stemco Kaiser Inc. Longview, TX Nov 17, 2015 $132,400
Friction Segment Business Leader Stemco LP Rome, GA May 15, 2015 $132,400
Senior Business Systems Lead Firmenich, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ Nov 30, 2015 $132,000
Business Leader, Software Engineer Mastercard International Incorporated OFallon, MO Sep 02, 2015 $118,395 -
$134,000
Oracle E-Business Technical Lead Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Orlando, FL Feb 19, 2015 $118,279
Oracle E-Business Tehcnical Lead Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jun 01, 2016 $118,279
IT Business Lead-Business Planning Mos Holdings Inc. FL Aug 06, 2015 $116,500
Alip Business Configuration Lead Accenture LLP TX Jul 29, 2015 $116,126
Alip Business Configuration Lead Accenture LLP Houston, TX Jul 29, 2015 $116,126
Alip Business Configuration Lead Accenture LLP Springfield, IL Jul 29, 2015 $116,126

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Top Skills for A Business Leader

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Top Business Leader Skills

  1. Business Strategies
  2. Product Development
  3. Financial
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented business strategies for targeted growth.
  • Created business case, acquiring funding for product development.
  • Lead the team by providing Business Expertise & Direction for MMIS Financial Management.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationship with client's service delivery organization.
  • Handled billing and revenue, project enhancements, and compliance/payment company information efforts.

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