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NYU Stern Leadership Development

Leadership Development at Stern provides students with personalized leadership development opportunities that empower them to continually evolve as effective leaders who create value for business and society. A focus on experiential learning and individual attention helps students hone key skills and develop their leadership style.


Today’s leaders face a range of new leadership challenges. The 2018 Leadership in Crisis Simulation focused on leading in a time of crisis, influencing people to succeed in achieving a common goal, and understanding how to tap into the strengths of others.

2018 Leadership in Crisis Simulation

At NYU Stern, we believe the work of a leader starts first from within…self-awareness is the foundation of leadership excellence and our Leadership Development programming is structured to guide MBA students through this “inside out” work before steering them to the “outside in” content (i.e., team dynamics, managing others, influencing without authority, building stakeholder relationships, etc.). What better way than to immerse the students in a real-life scenario where they are presented with a highly challenging situation?

Thanks to the incredible support from Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), our Platinum Sponsor, we were able to bring this unique experience to the MBA Students in the Leadership Development Program (1st year full-time MBA students). The Crisis Simulation was executed by Dr. Larry Barton, one of the world’s leading experts in Crisis Management and Threat Assessment and by Connie Kim, the Senior Director of Leadership Development at NYU Stern.

Senior leaders from A&M and our corporate partners had the exclusive opportunity to participate in this inaugural event as Judges. Judges observed the teams “in action” throughout the crisis and provided the students with invaluable insights and feedback on their ability to manage and lead in a crisis. However, it is not just what decisions are made that were assessed, but also how and what each of these simulation teams communicated to the Reporters, whose job was to act as media outlets, pepper them with questions about the crisis situation, and assess how they respond to “in-the-limelight” pressure. The Control Room Actors made it feel real – this group wore their acting caps and delivered the scripted simulation…all while watching their teams in (re)action.

There were approximately 115 people involved in the simulation with nearly 70% represented by current MBA students and alums (comprised of: LDP1s, LDP alums, IOP alums (EMBAs who went through the leadership development program), MBA2s and Langone students).

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LDP Student Testimonials

How Mindfulness Improves Sleep (HuffPost.com)

By Adam Hoffman *This artical was originally posted on HuffPost.com New study: even short meditation training can reduce stress and improve sleep quality This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. In November, GGSC is hosting a summit on Mindfulness and Well-Being at Work; find […]

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Meditation for Strivers (The New Yorker)

Meditation for Strivers (The New Yorker)

* This article originally appeared on newyorker.com During a trip to the United States in the nineteen-seventies, the Tibetan scholar, translator, and lifelong meditator Lobsang Lhalungpa found himself in San Francisco’s financial district. Struck by the hordes of rushing bodies, he stopped, turned to his guides, and said, “I don’t see any humans here.” This was before […]

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Lay the Groundwork for Transformational Leadership

Lay the Groundwork for Transformational Leadership

Leadership Foundation The Leadership Foundation lays the groundwork for effective leadership by giving students the chance learn and practice core leadership competencies through specialized workshops and classes. LDP Advisory Council The LDP Management Team enlisted the help of several NYU Stern Administrators and Leadership in Organization (LiO) Professors to form an Advisory Council and act […]

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11/9 – Mindfulness Discussion with Manish Chopra, Partner, McKinsey & Company

11/9 – Mindfulness Discussion with Manish Chopra, Partner, McKinsey & Company

When the Managing Partner of one of the world’s most prestigious business consultancies describes Mindfulness as “essential to the health of my mind, just as bathing, eating and exercising are critical to the health of my body”, it may be worth hearing more. Learn how the experience of mindfulness has transformed the life of Manish […]

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Getting to Know Dan DeVece, NYU Stern Alumnus, Assistant Brand Manager at Colgate Palmolive

Getting to Know Dan DeVece, NYU Stern Alumnus, Assistant Brand Manager at Colgate Palmolive

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment? A: My proudest accomplishment is graduating from Stern. Stern allowed me to prepare for a career in marketing, form bonds with great friends and travel the world to get a broader perspective of consumers. Getting into Stern was challenging and the day I got my acceptance letters still remains […]

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Making a Personal Impact through your Leadership

Making a Personal Impact through your Leadership

Leadership in Action Leadership in Action gives students the opportunity to test and refine their leadership skills in high fidelity leadership simulations and real-world experiences. Leadership Simulations Leadership Simulations are designed to bring it all together. Students have a chance to apply the skills they’ve gained through other components of the program in a set […]

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