How did LEAD expand your self-awareness, and support your self-development at Booth, and in your life?
Meredith: The various experiments we did in LEAD sessions (including ones we designed for ourselves to perform throughout our work weeks) reinforced my knowledge of some behaviors I already knew about myself as well as brought to light certain biases and misperceptions I have of which I was previously unaware. I found particular value in discovering the misperceptions and assumptions I bring with me, since those impact how I communicate as I move throughout my day-to-day life. Further, they provided clear examples of areas for me to be aware of and improve as I interact with those at Booth and throughout my day-to-day. I was really able to use the knowledge I gleaned from LEAD during my company’s year-end review process — both when reviewing others and when reviewing myself. I found that my resulting conversations were much more productive than in previous years, with more solid recommendations and better transparency, and it is my hope that it is a trend that will feed into all aspects of my life and continue throughout my time at Booth and beyond.
Jamaine: LEAD laid the foundation for my time at Booth by introducing me to the community, encouraging me to embrace my two-year journey, and opening my eyes to the possibilities and opportunities that exist at Booth.
Dhimant: LEAD helped me expand my self-awareness by recognizing my strengths, weaknesses, and hidden biases. LEAD taught me about positive mindset, connecting powerfully, speaking with impact, and developing confidence. Not only has my self-awareness improved collaboration, but it has also improved my networking with current students and Booth alumni.
Sally: As a leader, I am more focused on mobilizing energy and being a strong advocate for my team rather than exerting control. LEAD gave me useful metrics to evaluate how effective different leadership styles are in different situations, and I actively use them at work and at Booth.