Category Archives: Leadership

What (Good) Leaders Can Learn from Actors

I recently had the pleasure of listening to Tzachi Zamir speak at a Spark Dinner hosted by the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership at Booth. Tzachi is the inaugural visiting scholar and a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In his talk, he discussed the performance related aspects of leadership and the need for leaders to hone the characters they bring on stage.

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Women at Booth Series: Alumna Spotlight with Deanie Elsner

There are many ways Booth students interact with alumni throughout our MBA experience. Starting at Booth 20/20, a full day of alumni interaction during Orientation, to one-on-one networking, to Booth-sponsored talks, we have the opportunity to see alumni in many different capacities and to hear about their experiences at Booth and beyond. For this installment of the Women at Booth series, I decided to feature one of Booth’s most distinguished alumnae. She has paved her own way forward in the field of Marketing—Deanie Elsner, `92.

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Women at Booth Series: Professors

There are so many amazing Professors at Chicago Booth that spend countless hours teaching, mentoring, and passing time with students inside and outside of the classroom. For this second installment of our Women At Booth series I sat down with two incredible Professors to hear more about their Booth experience.

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What can improv teach us about leadership?

Tell a story as a group one word at a time. Mirror everything your partner does in such a way that nobody knows who is leading and who is following. Spell out a letter in the alphabet using you and your partner’s bodies. These aren’t dares I received in the third grade, rather they’re games I played with a group of second year students in our weekly improvisation class. I took improv as part of my Leadership Fellows curriculum that Booth offers for second year students. But what did playing these silly games teach me about leadership?

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