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
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By Daniel Goleman and Richard E. Boyatzis // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Esther is a well-liked manager of a small team. Kind and respectful, she is sensitive to the needs of others. She is a problem solver; she tends to see setbacks as opportunities. She’s always engaged and is a source of […]
By Francesca Gino // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. You’re giving a presentation on the company’s strategic direction when one of your colleagues interrupts you. You pause, address his question, and continue with your point — until he interrupts again. Sound familiar? All of us have known colleagues, friends, or romantic partners who seem unable to […]
By Sandra L. Robinson and Kira Schabram // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Divani (not her real name) is a senior analyst at a large telecommunications firm. She proudly describes herself as her department’s “resident cheer-upper.” As she says, “I have always been the person that people turn to for support…I listen really […]
By Jeff Haden // This article was originally posted on inc.com Being a leader—being the boss–can feel like the hardest job of all. No matter how large your team, no matter how collaborative and engaged your employees, ultimately it’s up to you–which means you need to find inspiration and motivation inside yourself. At the same […]
By Judith White // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Negotiating your salary can reap huge, long-term benefits, and negotiating deals with internal and external partners can create value and advance your career. So what’s stopping you from doing it? Throughout my 15 years of teaching and coaching negotiations, I hear the same three excuses […]
By Amy Gallo // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Your colleague says something that immediately makes you feel uncomfortable. He thinks he’s just being funny, but the comment is inappropriate — maybe even offensive, sexist, or racist. What should you say or do if you find yourself in this situation? Is there a way […]
By Karen Dillon // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. John was just a few days into a new job when he found himself on a 40-minute car ride to an off-site meeting with one of his new colleagues, Chris (names have been changed). As the newbie, John was eager to make a good […]
By Neil Pasricha // This article originally appeared on hbr.org. How much do you read? For most of my adult life I read maybe five books a year — if I was lucky. I’d read a couple on vacation and I’d always have a few slow burners hanging around the bedside table for months. And then […]
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