It was an exciting time to be at the Harper Center when one of Booth’s most distinguished alumni, Satya Nadella, came to visit his old stomping grounds. Satya shared his path to becoming the CEO of Microsoft and the experiences that led him there, starting with his time at Chicago Booth.
Last week, our very own Bo Shi wrote about his experience as a LEAD Facil (read more about it here). The learning experiences and chance to improve his own leadership skills pushed Bo to dedicate months to developing the LEAD curriculum and facilitating the first-year class.
However, the new Y1s at Booth are leaders in their own right. Booth’s Class of 2020 was featured this week in a Poets & Quants article highlighting their leadership and experiences in LEAD. In this leadership series, we will delve deeper into these students’ profiles and discover what leadership means to them!
At Booth, we pride ourselves on the flexible curriculum, but there is one required class every first-year student must take their first quarter: Leadership Effectiveness And Development—or LEAD for short. Through LEAD, students explore how their personality and cultural experiences impact their leadership style and receive valuable 360 feedback on how their professional behavior is perceived. But the course doesn’t only provide value to first-years. For a select group of ~40 second-year students (including me), it provides the unique opportunity to develop and facilitate a curriculum for the incoming first-years that directly impacts the culture of leadership at Booth.
We call ourselves LEAD Facilitators (Facils for short)—recognizable by our stylish Leadership Development Office polos and unmistakable charm. But we don’t do it (just) for the free swag and recognition. Every Facil’s motivations may be different, here are mine…
I spent my summer interning at Bain. Through consulting recruiting at Booth, I was lucky to get significant exposure to the people I was actually going to work with as a Summer Associate in the Chicago office, as well as the 2Ys who had just been in my shoes. Between all the fall events and winter/spring meet-ups, I’d even been in the Bain office multiple times before my first day of work.
But despite Booth’s and Bain’s diligence to prepare our expectations, I still underestimated three aspects of the summer intern experience: the substance of the work I’d do, the fun we could have even back in the real (working) world, and how much my Booth network and first-year experience mattered.
With the Class of 2020 only a few weeks away from their first day of Orientation, many of the incoming first-years are about to adventure out all over the world on their first-ever Random Walk. For a number of second years, like us, it will be our second Random Walk… only this time, we’re leading the 30+ excursions that go as far away as New Zealand and as close to home as right here in Chicago.
Let’s take a look back at what it’s like to lead a Random Walk and what goes into orchestrating these memory-making experiences.