As we draw closer to graduation, a number of people have asked what degree I’ll do next – Law? Education? Perhaps a PhD? Some have chided me that when people say “stay in school”, they don’t mean “forever”. Truthfully, mine is not truly an addiction to the letters behind my name, but rather an insatiable thirst for knowledge.
As part of Yale SOM’s Leadership Development Program, I was blessed to have had two outstanding coaches – one a professional coach, and the other a peer coach from my class. I’m not sure I knew what to expect exactly as we started the coaching process….. were these coaches to help me self-reflect on ways I could improve my leadership? Or were they to be sounding boards for ideas I might have? Perhaps to keep me accountable to what I had set out for myself in my Leadership Development Plan?
We all have biases. Mostly unconscious, without a doubt, but we all have them. When Marissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo at the age of 37, the world looked at her with increased scrutiny…. How could someone so young run a company so large? Then again, Bill Gates was only 20 when he founded Microsoft….