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 Jenny Che // This article was originally posted on huffingtonpost.com. The United Kingdom is taking a proactive approach to promoting mental health in the workplace. Prime Minister David Cameron met with British business leaders earlier this week to discuss how to better foster a work culture that encourages people to take care of their […]
By Liane Davey // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. We all know there’s a price to pay for a making bad first impression: A limp handshake conveys low confidence; a wrinkled suit makes you seem lazy; oversharing comes across as emotional instability. But do you ever think about the first impression your meetings make? […]
By Monique Valcour // This post was originally posted on hbr.org. Most leaders know what strong motivation looks like. When I ask leadership development clients to describe the type of motivation they’d like to see in their teams, they mention qualities such as persistence, being a self-starter, having a sense of accountability for and commitment […]
Have the courage to do this one thing and you’ll never look at giving up in the same way again. By: Thomas Koulopoulos // This article was originally posted on inc.com “…never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of […]
By Andy Molinsky // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Many people are hesitant to step out of their regular roles and routines. The idea of putting yourself in a position to potentially fail can be frightening or stressful. But sometimes what’s keeping you in one spot may not be your own self-interest. In […]
By Rich Kneece // This article was originally posted on fastcompany.com. Effective communication between a company and its employees enables businesses to fully tap into the unique knowledge, insights, and talents of its people. Often, the benefits stretch beyond pure profit. More open discussions help build a strong community within a firm, allowing workers to […]
By Nicholas Petrie // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. When I was in my late twenties, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Doctors operated and told me to hope for the best. I returned to Japan, where I was working, and tried to forget about it. The tumors returned a year later, this time in my liver. […]
By: Thomas C. Redman // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. We’ve all experienced the disappointment of an important decision not going our way. The feeling is far worse when you feel that the decision was somehow “rigged” against you — that you never had a chance, that your input wasn’t given its fair due, or […]
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