The Leadership Academy enhances the leadership tenets that form the backbone of the Kelley MBA program. Through hands-on experience, you’ll learn to effectively coach others, set an organizational vision and create strategies for success. The Academy has two tracks, and you can complete one or both of them. In the Coaching and Development Track, you’ll be a peer coach and mentor to two groups of first-year MBA students. The Strategic Visioning track focuses on the role of strategic visioning in leadership and the application of visioning through case studies and real-life examples.
Description of the video:Kyle Hebenstreit:
The Leadership Academy is an optional Academy, so if you want to participate in the Leadership Academy, you have to apply and go through an interview process. What this does is it provides a good driven pool of people who are really focused on becoming improved leaders.
One of the things I think we embrace is that there is no one leadership style, nor is there any one right way to lead. I think what's great about the Academy is through all the different experiences that we provide and the different tools that we use, each individual student can find their own way to be the best leader that they can be.
We have two tracks, we have a Coaching and Developing Others track, and then we have a Strategic Visioning track.
The Coaching track is really set up to help the second years provide leadership and coaching to the first-year students.
You're assigned at least three individual first-year coachees as a second-year Leadership Academy participant, and you have different coaching methods based on a group dynamic and an individual dynamic. As much teaching as can be done on how to be a good coach, until you're in there and spontaneously coming up with reactions, advice, listening appropriately, and giving appropriate direction, you really don't get the learning experience you otherwise would. I think having a leadership philosophy and having a well-practiced leadership execution strategy is going to come into play in ultimately how successful I'll be in influencing whatever organization or company I work for.
The second track we run is the Strategic Visioning track and that part of the Academy is for anyone who is going to be a GLOBASE or a Kelley Immersion Program Leader in their second year; and those are our global experiences, which are part of the MBA program.
These trips happen in the spring of every year, and all these trips are led by second-year student leaders. Going into it, I was like, "How am I ever going to do this?" There are 25 people you're responsible for. Each one is so different, and each one is motivated by different things. So identifying those motivators and speaking with them about what they want to do, what they want to contribute into GLOBASE is extremely important. Dealing with people becomes top-most priority. And just looking at the results now I've seen, I can look back and say how much I've learned over the last just a few months. It's been a rapid learning pace.
I think there are a lot of programs that teach leadership from a textbook or from a series of articles, and at Kelley, we teach leadership by putting you in situations where you actually have to lead. I think students who get a chance to participate in the Leadership Academy walk away with a heightened sense of self-awareness, a much stronger ability to influence others in a positive way, a better ability to set a vision for a project or a team, and a lot of opportunities to grow themselves as individuals in whatever situations they want to put themselves in going forward.
Ray Luther’s leadership experience includes work for Procter & Gamble’s health care division as their director of consumer and market knowledge and four years as an officer with the U.S. Army. He also serves as the director of recruiting and leadership for the MBA Program.
Eric Johnson brings an employer’s perspective with experience as the chief marketing officer for Eli Lilly and Company in the U.K. and as the former lead recruiter for Lilly USA marketing. He also serves as the executive director of Kelley’s Graduate Career Services.