Leadership Development

Tuck's Approach to Leadership Development Good leaders aren't made overnight. But Professor Pino Audia believes students can accelerate the leadership-development process through greater self-awareness.
At Tuck, leadership development is a material part of the curriculum.

This is a direct result of our long-standing focus on individuals, interpersonal relationships, and productive collaboration. Tuck's approach is to accelerate a process that most executives eventually experience.

While an untrained manager might take 15 years—or a series of difficult situations—to become an effective leader, our students are guided through a process in less than two years. We ask students to learn faster, and we provide them a rich environment in which to do so.

Tuck has developed curricular and other activities that move the leadership-development process forward. All first-year students take the Personal Leadership course, during which they compare how they see themselves with how others see them. This can be a powerful educational experience that serves as the basis for a personal leadership plan. Students use their plans to understand which behaviors they need to develop and what opportunities they will need to do so.

Our view is that leaders must understand their own strengths and deploy them to make organizations better able to achieve strategic results. Which is why self- and team assessment continue throughout the Tuck experience, and leadership labs provide guidance in achieving development objectives. Forums offered by the Center for Leadership and visits by the world's top business leaders provide professional and personal insight of global significance. And opportunities to practice leadership skills are unlimited through academic work, programming outside the classroom, and student clubs and events.

Tuck's goal is to ensure that every Tuck graduate can accept the responsibility of leadership. And do so with confidence.