Asst. Dean Kate Smith: Why we’re focused on growth
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about growth at Kellogg. You may have seen it in our new brand strategy that builds on Think Bravely. Or noticed that we have a new suite of courses on growth and scaling. Or read stories about alumni who are driving growth in their communities or organizations.
For Kellogg, this emphasis on growth isn’t something new. Rather, it’s an articulation of what we’ve long been known for: developing brave leaders who inspire growth in people, organizations and markets.
It’s also an articulation of what makes Kellogg’s approach to management education unique. Our foundational departments are integrated with strategic, cross-disciplinary initiatives like the Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative and Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. We offer an innovative academic portfolio that includes global offerings such as Global Initiatives in Management and experiential learning opportunities like NUvention. And we’ve fostered a vibrant culture and community, widely known for its courageous, driven and supportive spirit; they’re values that are deeply ingrained in who we are and what we do.
At Kellogg, we believe that there are a number of attributes that growth-minded leaders need to have:
- Clarity of purpose
- Intense customer focus
- Deep collaboration skills
- The ability to work across sectors
We also believe that these skills can be learned. In fact, these are precisely the skills that we teach at Kellogg.
You may be wondering whether Kellogg’s focus on growth will impact our admissions process. The truth is, it won’t. In admissions, we’ve always looked for —and will continue to look for — students who are interested in personal and professional growth. Who are passionate about their professional, philanthropic and community-building endeavors. Who can identify opportunities for themselves and others. Who want to have a positive impact and create lasting value for the world.
Our goal is to equip these students with the knowledge, skills and insight they need to inspire growth. Why? Because in today’s complex, global economy, growth is a challenge that every leader and organization confronts, regardless of industry, economy or geography. These days, driving growth is more than just important for business; it’s imperative.
Kate Smith ’98 is assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at the Kellogg School of Management.