Full-Time MBA

Leadership Development


Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) 

The LEAD program was one of the first experiential leadership development programs at a major business school and is continuously updated to adapt to the evolving challenges of leadership. The course is designed to enhance students’ self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness by providing them with an opportunity to benchmark themselves with respect to critical aspects of leadership – working in teams, influencing others, conflict management, interpersonal communication, presentation skills, etc. The course also helps students create a personalized plan to guide their continued development at Booth and beyond.

For more information on the LEAD Program, please contact the Leadership Development Office.

Leadership Courses

Beyond LEAD, we offer a number of leadership courses at Booth. The classes provide a supportive community of professional coaches and facilitators to focus on tailored personal development and learning from experience through experimentation and observation. The courses range from a Leadership Practicum that builds more traditional skill sets, such as developing credibility, coaching others, and communicating a shared vision, to the innovative Leadership Studio, which will take students into a rehearsal hall and fieldwork to help them recognize, harness, and deploy their own leadership qualities. 

In a similar vein, our Arts Leadership course looks at how to effectively run an arts organization like the SMART museum, MCA, and the Joffrey theater. These institutions must adapt rapidly and emphatically if they are to thrive in today’s ever-changing cultural ecosystem. Additionally, the Strategic Leadership in Management Networks class introduces students to the ways people and groups have a competitive advantage because of their social network.

Harry Davis Center for Leadership 

The Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership is an incubator for generating new insights about leadership that impact education, practice, and discovery for future generations of students. The center has a deep commitment to collaboration and experimentation within leadership development. It creates and facilitates open dialogue to explore the skills required of leaders, develops solutions for critical leadership challenges, and builds transformative learning experiences to develop principled, progressive leaders. With a “scientific approach” towards experimentation and rigorous means of evaluating new initiatives, the center seeks opportunities for collecting quantitative and qualitative data to support actionable conclusions to scale across leadership contexts.

Finally, the center empowers students, alumni, and partners with the skills to continually learn from their own experience throughout their career and encourages them to engage in their own regular experimentation, practice, data collection, and reflection.