unexpected bonus was discovering the array of formal leadership
training opportunities that Kellogg offers.
with the first-year Pre-Term course, Leadership in Organizations, and continuing with many
classes offered through the Management
and Strategy, Management
and Organizations and Social
Enterprise at Kellogg majors, we are taught the skills
to embody the Kellogg School mission of developing socially
responsible global leaders.
the theories and best practices of successful management
and leadership is critical; however, practical experiences
are equally valuable. The two are actually inseparable complements,
and Kellogg offers an abundance of both.
year, I was fortunate to be elected president of the Kellogg
Student Association, the school's student government. This
experience leading an executive team of six and the broader
KSA board of 25 people has proven an invaluable opportunity
to apply in real-time the classroom skills I've learned.
I've leveraged these theoretical frameworks in practical
ways as I sought to choose the right people with whom to
form the executive committee, learned how to motivate a
large team, and managed the myriad issues and opportunities
any student government faces.
Kraemer's Managerial Leadership taught me that firmly establishing
values, then getting the right people "on the bus"
and developing those people, are essential for any successful
insights were important for me in my role as KSA president
when I assigned projects to our board members. I brought
people on the bus not only by gathering preferences from
each board member, but by gaining an understanding for each
member's passion for a given project, their willingness
to commit time to the task, and their relevant experience
— all key aspects to ensure a successful project.
classroom training also enabled me, in practice, to prioritize
initiatives and related decisions.
Thompson's Leading and Managing
Teams, we learned the importance of following the
rational model of group decision making (orientation, discussion,
decision making and implementation). I strictly followed
this model when either the executive committee or the broader
KSA board had to make a decision. I began each decision
process by ensuring everyone knew the definition and scope
of the issue before our team. We then discussed the issue
openly, with all facts, opinions and potential solutions
presented. Once we exhausted discussion, we moved to make
a decision, either by board vote or, when appropriate, I
would make the best decision I could. Finally, the entire
group would adhere to the decision while constantly evaluating
it and seeking feedback. This process, while often challenging
to implement, proved very successful for us, illustrating
that groups can indeed make better decisions together than
KSA experiences have provided a great chance to hone my
management and leadership skills, but my tenure also created
a tremendous opportunity to help define the academic, professional
and social experience at Kellogg. In fact, the KSA is just
one of many such opportunities students here have to put
theory into practice, while also working to make the Kellogg
community even more vibrant.
year about 20 Kellogg students will serve on various boards
of directors for Chicagoland area nonprofits through the
Kellogg Board Fellows program. Students also serve on the
Kellogg curriculum committee, which helps guide changes
in the classroom to create an even better learning experience.
The Kellogg Marketing Conference in February attracted more
than 900 attendees and was fully organized by a team of
40 students. These are just a few examples of how we students
can co-create our academic, professional and social experience
my term as KSA president comes to a close, I can already
see my growth as both a person and as a leader.
The Kellogg School strategy of developing students
into leaders by combining theoretical and practical experiences
is as distinctive as it is effective.