LDP Student Testimonials
Navigating one’s own leadership potential can be a very trying and time-consuming journey. At Stern, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) provides you with a compass to start that journey. LDP gave me the space to reflect upon and evaluate my own leadership potential, all while exploring new tactics within a structured framework. I now use every moment as an opportunity to employ some of the values I’ve learned through this program.
-Anne Gregory, LDP Class of 2017
Confidence, empathy, integrity, inspiration are just a few qualities used to describe great leaders. In order to embody these qualities you must first develop them within. Through workshops, coaching sessions and speaker events, LDP provides the foundation and framework to build a mindset that supports both personal development, and in turn builds strong leadership qualities.
-Dedae Audi, LDP Class of 2017
Being a part of LDP was one of the most significant experiences I’ve had at Stern. Although, I had been in managerial positions before Stern, I had no idea on how to improve my skills and build upon peer feedback. LDP provided me with a holistic view of what a leader should be and taught me how to continuously improve upon the feedback that I received from my past colleagues, my classmates, and my coach. The tools that I learned in LDP would service me throughout my professional career.
-Hem Chander, LDP Class of 2017
The program presented a wonderful combination of various forms of training from multiple angles; if one form of training did not work for you, there would definitely be another that would. My three key takeaways are: 1) the realization that people form the basis of leadership; 2) a large tool box full of various leadership/people techniques; and 3) a heightened level of awareness; I am now able to more precisely identify key aspects that shape dynamics in various settings, and quickly go to my leadership tool box to apply the appropriate techniques to handle the situation.
-Munashe Makava, LDP Class of 2017
Good things come to those who wait. You can achieve anything you set your mind to with hard work as long as you have the patience to see it through to the end. LDP has helped me put in the hard work to achieve my goals while also keeping them in perspective. I’ve learned to not stop to look for accolades or compare myself to others. When it’s time, all the hard work will pay off.
-Kyle Boutin, LDP Class of 2017
LDP is one of my most enriching experiences at Stern, as it provided opportunities to step out of my comfort zone. My leadership coach is central to my LDP experience. She helped me create my leadership action plan, which has helped guide my progress towards well-defined goals and get the most out of the MBA program… All in all, I collaborated with a diverse, passionate group of Sternies, really enjoyed myself and learned a lot. How often can you say that?
-Vijay Nori, LDP Class of 2016
The leadership workshops encouraged me to think through my personal goals and how to best prioritize them in my life and in the workplace. Through vulnerable conversations with my classmates, I had to opportunity to think about my prioritization decisions. By making an active choice of what is important to me, I now more easily make career choices that are consistent and in line with my personal goals and values.
-Ashley Hedges, LDP Class of 2016
My journey began with the revelation that leadership starts with leading your own life. Once I realized that, all the building blocks fit together: know thyself, EQ, strengths-based development, meaning and purpose… it all made sense! My coach has been central in my leadership development, guiding me through the various stages and helping me understand situations differently. The Leadership Development Program has been a highlight at Stern, launching me on the life-long track to self-actualization.
-Edouard Arbellot de Vacqueu, LDP Class of 2016
-Suranga Samarakoon, LDP Class of 2016
I have always been fascinated by the concept of leadership, but there are so many schools of thought that the information is overwhelming. The LDP framework has allowed me to embrace the different perspectives by focusing on me, and it has helped me integrate this broad concept into my everyday life. Now when I have leadership moments, whether they are successes or failures, I am able to recognize them and stop for a moment. As I process the different components: the event, my actions, my feelings, the other stakeholders – I am able to take the lessons learned and move forward confident that the next moment will be even better
By Elizabeth Grace Saunders // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. One tweak to your weekly schedule could make the difference between confidently accomplishing your strategic objectives and scrambling to keep up with the day-to-day. That simple change? Having a meeting-free day. Establishing one day with no meetings is a technique that I used throughout […]
By Paul Axtell // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Any team leader knows that it’s what happens between project meetings that makes or breaks a project. And yet it’s often challenging to keep a team motivated and focused on getting agreed upon tasks done. Ideally you’ve checked that everyone is aligned and agreed on […]
By Jeff Haden // This article was originally posted on inc.com. This year over 40% of Americans will perform their jobs remotely. In part that’s driven by the number of companies that allow employees to work from home but also by startups unwilling to limit themselves to only looking for talent within a specific commuting distance. […]
By Lolly Daskal // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Much has been written about how to negotiate for a better salary. But what about when you’re not sure you deserve a raise in the first place? As an executive coach for more than 30 years, I’ve worked with many top leaders who appear extremely successful […]
By Jon Maner // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Think back to the last team project you participated in at work. How did the person running the project lead the group? Did they lead by presenting a plan and using their authority to insist that others follow along? Or did the person instead […]
By Deborah Rowland // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. As a leader, how can you confront the truth about a situation without fearing rejection, or disagree with someone clearly and cleanly without obsessing about causing offense? I have been an executive with major corporations, including PepsiCo, Shell, and BBC Worldwide, as well as […]
By Vineet Chopra, MD and Sanjay Saint, MD // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. As academic physicians, we do a lot of mentoring. Over the course of our careers, and through our formal research on mentoring within and outside of academia, we’ve found that good mentoring is discipline-agnostic. Whether you’re a mentor to […]
By Claudio Feser, Nicolai Nielsen, and Michael Rennie // This article was originally posted on mckinsey.com. Only a few actions matter, and they require the CEO’s attention. Organizations have always needed leaders who are good at recognizing emerging challenges and inspiring organizational responses. That need is intensifying today as leaders confront, among other things, digitization, the […]
By Francesca Gino // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Think back to your first day on the job. If you’re like most people, you felt excited and were eager to get down to work. But, based on the results of field research I recently conducted, I am willing to guess that just a […]
The most successful leaders are those that look for ways to give their time, energy and knowledge to others without expecting anything in return.Daniel O'Neill, LDP Class of 2016
You find leaders throughout an organization. Their role or title does not indicate what type of leader they will be. View their actions as the true signs of leadership.Chrystal Puvabanditsin, LDP Class of 2016
My ability to rally a following, generate excitement and move a project forward truly set me apart from the pack of interns in my business unit.Christina Domenico, LDP Class of 2016