Leadership is an integral part of the entire Tuck experience, which has always focused on individual development, interpersonal relationships, and productive collaboration. Our approach consists of three components purposefully integrated into the student experience: academic, through a combination of coursework and leadership assessments; experiential, through coaching and feedback opportunities designed to accelerate learning and growth; and reflection, where students intentionally assess their progress and next steps on their leadership journey. Tuck's goal is to ensure that every graduate is ready to accept the responsibilities inherent to wise leadership.
The leadership development journey at Tuck begins on day one with an integrated core curriculum during which first-year students compare how they see themselves with how others see them. This is a powerful educational experience and improved self-awareness serves as the basis for a required leadership development plan supported by individualized coaching. In addition, Tuck offers a myriad of elective courses on leadership as well as academic activities beyond the formal classroom to improve critical leadership aptitudes such as confident humility, about what one does and does not know; empathy towards the diverse ideas and experiences of others; and judgment, about when and how to take risks for the better.
We also believe that one of the best ways to learn is by doing. So Tuck offers a set of experiential learning programs unmatched in their opportunities for teamwork, problem-solving, and opportunities for leadership development. From day one, study groups build leadership skills and an appreciation for a diversity of perspectives. First-Year Projects ask students to apply classroom learning to complex, real-world business challenges for clients. Global Insight Expeditions take students to foreign countries to see how business is done abroad. Independent studies and projects facilitated by Tuck Centers put students and teams inside businesses and organizations as consultants solving pressing problems. In these programs and others, Tuck students gain the experience and expertise that accelerates their leadership trajectory.