Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Leadership and the GLOBASE Experience

Tikal National Park, one of the stops for GLOBASE Guatemala in 2012.

By Mark Rossi
Second-Year MBA

 “Hi, y’all!” – Mark Rossi from the GLOBASE Guatemala leadership team checking in and channeling my inner Phil Powell.  As with the Ghana and India leadership teams, we had a whirlwind October – interviewing over 50 students, making our second-week travel arrangements (including a service day with Habitat for Humanity) and speaking with potential Guatemalan clients. 

On top of our course load, interviewing for full-time jobs and coaching first years, it’s been a busy seven weeks for everyone on the leadership teams.  But then again, I went to Kelley for challenging experiences just like this.

Matt, Tim, Heesun and I are incredibly excited to begin the next stage of our planning process.  Analilia Silva and Phil Powell, our faculty leads for GLOBASE Guatemala, have put together a great leadership development program for us as we develop the 2012 experience.  

The Leadership Challenge” workshop is based upon a book of the same name by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Their methodology is one of the most widely used and cited leadership assessment instruments in the world.  

Our program will be built around The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenging the Process, Enabling Others to Act, and Encouraging the Heart. 

Phil, Ana and Pam Roberts will guide us through the leadership development process, enabling us to better understand our leadership strengths and our areas for opportunity and ultimately lead to a rich and rewarding experience for the students next semester.

Some final food for thought: every single interview I’ve had since coming to campus has included at least two questions about leadership experience. Every time, I reference my experiences in Peru and now my planning for Guatemala. GLOBASE participants face the types of leadership challenges that not only can make a huge difference for our host companies, but can help the students prepare for challenges in their internships and full-time jobs. 

As Phil is often fond of saying, “When it gets tough, that’s when it gets exciting!”

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