In her course, The Practice of Leadership, Linda Ginzel, clinical professor of managerial psychology, asked her students to do what past leaders—from presidents to civil rights activists to UN secretary-generals—have done before them: write their personal credos in no more than 500 words.
“Leadership requires careful exploration into one’s values and goals,” Ginzel said of her intentions with the project, “as well as the ability to communicate their importance to others.”
The essays that resulted from the class’s exercise are succinct, poignant articulations of the way our experiences shape our worldviews. Penning the essays gave Booth students a means to better understand themselves as they gain the skills needed to effectively lead others.
Second-year Full-Time MBA Program student Bess Cades admits to “kicking, biting, and thwacking” her husband when he tries to help her with her luggage. Carrying her own bags is important to her, she explains, because it symbolizes her core set of beliefs.
For Evening MBA Program student Michael Cates, a road trip and a Phil Collins song helped illuminate the sense of power that comes from knowing—and embracing—who you are.
A seminal, and potentially disastrous, scene from her childhood framed the convictions about risk and determination that Evening MBA Program student Silvija Martincevic relies on to this day.