Leadership Development at Stern


As I begin Business Communication, a Langone core course, I am reminded of all the ways Stern provides us with opportunities to develop our leadership and professional skills both in and outside the classroom. Business Communication introduces the basics of communication strategy and persuasion through written and oral presentation assignments, which is a vital skill for any business leader, and a professional skill always in need of constant improvement and development. Presentation skills are needed not only in nearly every kind of job setting, but also, in daily life—we are all storytellers and communicators, and the importance of the development of this very human skill is among the central tenants of the Langone program, as it is at the heart of what it means to be a leader.

The Langone program also prepares students to become responsible, ethical, and powerful leaders through other required courses like: Leadership in Organizations, Professional Responsibility, and Collaboration, Conflict, and Negotiation. Of course, students can further their leadership education beyond the core courses through the Leadership and Change Management and Management specializations, or by taking electives in these areas. Additionally, nearly all other specializations have at least some courses that focus on the role of the executive/leader/innovator within that field or business area.

In addition to coursework with a leadership focus, Stern offers an array of club and extracurricular activities to students interested in developing their leadership skills while in the Langone MBA program. For instance, students interested in taking on a leadership role within one of the many club organizations at Stern can do so while in the part-time program. Club officer positions are offered to both full- and part-time MBA students and nearly every club has one or more Langone representatives on their board. At Stern, there are MBA professional clubs, affinity clubs, special interest clubs, and sports clubs. Professional clubs provide forums for students to hear from business leaders and offer opportunities that leverage Stern’s New York City location and NYU’s global network; affinity clubs serve as professional, educational, and social forums and celebrate the student body’s diversity, cultural backgrounds, and experiences; special interest clubs foster community at Stern through events that combine educational & social engagement; and sports clubs leverage the NYU Stern pride in a fun and competitive manner through intramural activities. Examples include: Graduate Marketing Association (professional), OutClass (affinity), Stern Adventures (special interest), and Stern Golf Club (sports). (View a full list of clubs at Stern) Some examples of leadership positions on club boards include: president, VP of marketing, VP of Langone students, and more.

Beyond the classroom and club opportunities for leadership, there are also leadership opportunities available through the Langone Student Government (LSG). LSG is the governing body of Langone MBA students, which promotes networking opportunities, provides advocacy, and offers leadership prospects for the Langone community. The President, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of First Year Students of LSG’s board are elected annually and LSG committee chairs are selected at the end of each academic year. LSG is a wonderful, valuable way to get involved with your Stern community while attending the Langone program, while also developing your leadership experience in a way that is fun, rewarding, and engaging. In addition to student government opportunities, you can also run for Core Group Leader in your first year in the Langone program and many of the students that go on to become LSG board members started out as Core Group Leaders.

As you can see, Stern’s focus on “develop[ing] people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society” starts with developing world-class leaders both in and outside the classroom, through an array of leadership and professional development opportunities, tailored to each student’s preferences and experiences.

Heather Luciano

About Heather Luciano

Heather is a student in the Langone Part-time MBA program specializing in Marketing, Entertainment, Media, and Technology, and Strategy. She is the VP of Philanthropy for the Langone Student Government, and is a member of the Graduate Marketing Association, Entertainment, Media, and Technology Association, Strategy and Operations Club, Social Enterprise Association, Stern Women in Business, and Cellar. Outside of Stern, Heather is currently a Regional Account Manager at Macmillan Science & Education and is also the Chair of Young to Publishing Group Cares, a community service initiative of the Association of American Publishers.

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