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Built-in Professional Development Planning

Leadership takes skill and repeated practice. “Measurement, assessment, and feedback – from personal evaluations, professors, and peers – are essential to the process,” says Lee Konczak, academic director of the Executive MBA program and senior lecturer in organizational behavior and leadership development. These activities are central to the program’s specially designed Professional Development Planning (PDP) that is built into the curriculum.

Defining your personal leadership profile

The process begins after your enrollment deposit has been received. You complete a series of self-assessments to determine your strengths – along with target areas for growth – and to define your personal leadership style. The assessments become the foundation of your personal development plan, which you revisit and refine throughout the program.

Professional-development planning

PDP helps you make career choices that fit your goals and aspirations, encourage continual professional development and discovery, and create value for your organization. It strengthens your ability to develop employees within your organization and enhance team performance through:

  • Peer assessment and feedback on team and leadership skills
  • Optional skill-building workshops
  • Course material on leadership, influence, negotiation, cross-cultural management, and team development
  • Voluntary and confidential one-on-one coaching tailored to your professional background – available during your program or post-graduation
  • Interactive role play that promotes self-awareness and improves branding, communication, networking, and negotiation skills

You also can take advantage of the job-search resources offered by Olin’s Weston Career Center, including the online recruiting system CAREERlink MBA, job postings, alumni networking contacts (ProNet database), and company-sponsored information sessions and events.