Management education shouldn’t just prepare students for managing a business. It should also address managing emotions — even negative ones.
“Are we preparing our graduates for handling failures?”
Divya Singhal reflects on the mental health and suicide crises around the world, and considers what educators like herself can do about it.
“Are we putting too much emphasis on success or glorifying success? Are we instilling in them an unnecessary burden to be proven ‘right’?”
She says that “it’s high time to rethink failure and integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) into curricula at all levels.”
What is SEL?
It’s the way people learn to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals. It involves competencies like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills. Divya calls for more SEL focus in management education.
She says focusing on SEL can help us “break the failure taboo.”
“Generally, schools look at the practices of successful companies, invite successful individuals, and by that, somehow, they breed the notion that practices they have adopted led to success and glorify that.
“We can create a safe environment by normalizing our discussions around failure and providing readiness which helps young minds with an appropriate emotional response.”
Read more, in Divya’s reflection on “Primetime” with the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) https://lnkd.in/eviukt6C