Leadership

Lead with confidence based on a strong business foundation.

At Kelley, you’ll learn leadership through more than a course or a center. Leadership opportunities are built in throughout the program, even before day one. We’ll help you find your own perspective on leadership—so that you can understand and implement what you, and the people around you, need to be successful.

Through our Full-Time MBA Program you will:

To be a successful leader, you must first understand yourself. In-depth, guided introspection begins prior to the start of your degree, then continues during orientation through our innovative Me, Inc. program. After Me, Inc., you will continue to discover more about yourself through your entire Kelley experience. 

Effective leaders are also effective team members, able to influence regardless of status or position. As you build self-awareness, you will also build team-based skills, enabling you to tackle challenges through collaboration. From your first team experience and throughout the MBA Core, you’ll refine your leadership abilities with strategic planning, giving and receiving constructive feedback and visioning: being able to see—and achieve—the long-term objective.

Self-evaluation and refinement of your leadership style continues throughout the MBA Program. During the second semester of your first year, you’ll push your abilities to a new level through a real-world Academy-based project, delivering real impact to companies in the industry of your choice.

During your second year, as you further tailor your education to your specific career goals, you can pursue additional leadership opportunities by participating in the Leadership Academy.

Journey of a Leader

Effective leaders must first know themselves. Meet Meghan Curran. As a leader of one of our Global Experiences, she takes a moment to reflect on what she’s learned and what’s ahead.

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Meghan Curran:

You can discover a lot about yourself in a year. When you're caught up in the chaos of working life, there really isn't time for self-reflection, for personal development.


Over the past year, I have come to realize the power of introspection: that taking the time to reflect honestly on your behaviors and feelings is an essential part of the journey to becoming a better leader.


And it starts with taking on new challenges, pushing yourself to do something or go somewhere that makes you uncomfortable. If you'd told me three years ago that today I'd be halfway through my MBA at the Kelley School of Business, I would have laughed at the absurdity of that idea. But I realized that the only way to achieve greater impact was to embody effective leadership skills.


Leadership isn't about being in charge or being the boss. It's about having self-awareness, understanding your values, being positive, a good listener, and a forward-thinker. It's about going the extra step or the extra mile, not for personal gain, but for the good of the project or the team.


The past year has been incredibly challenging. I've discovered a lot about myself, especially my weaknesses. I hate conflict. I avoid confrontation at all costs. I check out when I am disinterested or unmotivated. I procrastinate excessively.


The thing is, good leaders aren't born or named overnight. It's a journey, a continuum. At Kelley the journey has intensified, and I'm constantly forced to address the things I struggle with. This year I'm embarking on a journey within a journey, leading a student consulting team to India. I know what faces me won't be easy, but I'm ready for the challenge.

I’ve learned so much about what it means to be a servant leader. I’ve had the opportunity to mentor first-year MBAs and learn from some of the most distinguished executive coaches in the country. Servant leadership is all about ‘leading from behind’ and focusing on the growth and development of others.

Joseph Dilworth, MBA’20, Associate Brand Manager, Conagra Brands