The third meeting for Executive Classroom was held on April 8th and was led by Associate Professor of Management, Paul Govekar. The meeting focused on leadership development and executive leadership thinking.
To prepare for this class, students read a series of articles revolving around leadership experts and best-selling authors, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. The class took the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart, and discussed each one in detail. Further, the class participated in an exercises involving the sharing of ideas and giving praise.
The meeting was concluded with a discussion about the concept that leadership is influence and influence is achieved through emotional connections. Brands, like leaders, are built on emotional connections, hence why companies and organizations put important focus on their brand image. In relation, business professionals should brand their own selves in alignment with their career. The meeting finished with one last thought: before you can lead others you have to lead yourself and believe that you can have a positive impact on others.