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Educating current and future leaders is a key part of our mission at Chicago Booth.

In The Chicago Approach to leadership, you’ll experiment, collect data, and learn from experiences in order to develop the insight and action skills essential to working with and leading others. It’s a proven approach that empowers you to develop your own unique leadership tool kit—and deploy these skills throughout your entire career.

Leading the Way in Leadership Development

Your MBA journey begins with LEAD, a hands-on, experiential course designed to help you identify your strengths and opportunities as a leader and integrate those insights into an active, intentional and ongoing process of leadership development. One of the first experiential MBA leadership development courses at a major business school, LEAD is an integral component of all MBA programs at Booth.

All MBA students at Booth participate in LEAD, but the format of the course varies depending on whether you’re a Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, or Executive MBA student.

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At Booth, “we are trying to develop skills that are not just relevant for the first job but are helping people get a better sense of who they are and how they can become better for every job they take on.”

—Harry L. Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management

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Beyond LEAD

Beyond LEAD

LEAD is just the beginning of your leadership journey at Booth.

Throughout your Booth experience, MBA leadership development courses and cocurricular opportunities empower you to reflect on your goals, generate new insights, and prepare for lifelong learning from experience. Here’s a sampling.

Leadership Courses: Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and Weekend MBA Programs

Leadership Courses: Executive MBA Program

Applying Your Leadership Skills

The most effective way to grow as a leader is to practice your leadership skills in real-world situations, reflect on your experiences, and adapt your approach based on what you’ve learned. Here are just a few ways to apply your leadership skills at Booth:

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Personalized Learning

Work one on one with a leadership coach, participate in workshops dedicated to essentials of leading, and attend weekend retreats. Specialized programs also address the interests of specific student populations, such as two annual programs for women, Booth Women Advance and Lead(HER)ship.

Personalized Learning
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Board Experience

Get firsthand experience in nonprofit management through our Net Impact Board Fellows program, which matches Booth MBA students with nonprofit organizations to complete a real-world project and prepare for future board responsibilities.

Board Experience
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Each year, Full-Time, Evening, and Weekend MBA students can attend a number of different weekend retreats. These retreats help you exercise self-leadership and take responsibility for your development. You can work together in small groups, create goals for your life at Booth and beyond, and make plans for how to put plans into motion. These retreats takes place at a variety of destinations.

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University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars

This program brings together students from across the university, empowering them with the skills to tackle their communities’ most pressing challenges.

University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars

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Questions about leadership development at Chicago Booth? Reach out to us.

Email Leadership Development for:
Full-Time MBA
Evening MBA and Weekend MBA
Executive MBA