The Yale SOM experience, both in and outside the classroom, is designed to prepare you to lead. Through all of your academic coursework, extracurricular leadership opportunities like student organizations and conferences, and entrepreneurial activity, you'll develop skills on four levels, each of which builds on the others:
Develop the individual skills, knowledge, and expertise to deeply understand your industry and organization. Understand your own values, strengths, and weaknesses. Get the insights into negotiation and human behavior that you need to communicate and persuade.
Learn to build great teams by going through the process again and again, in increasingly challenging settings. Understand how to benefit from a diversity of skills and backgrounds, by creating flexible team structures that let the right person step up and take a leadership role at the right moment. You'll see what works and what doesn't—and then apply those lessons to your next team.
How Do You Build a Team Culture in a Global Company?
A key determinant of success for organizations today is whether teams work well together. Rajeev Dubey ’82, president of human resources at Mahindra & Mahindra, discusses the India-based giant’s approach to developing leaders with the mindset to think globally and creatively, while fostering great teamwork.
I think the real leverage at Yale SOM comes from its truly diverse community, and from the way your classmates are always willing to help you out.Anthony Da Cruz ’16
Get the broader context to see your organization as a whole, not as slices defined by function or geography. Learn how top leaders provide the vision to align goals within an organization and the structure to let people get information and make the right decisions.
Yale SOM’s integrated curriculum helped me take a broader view. The curriculum breaks down silos, so you don’t think about issues in isolation.Jake Dreier ’16
Global & Society
Think big and add value for both your organization and the society around you. Understanding global challenges like climate change, financial stability, and inequality requires thinking and action that crosses industries, sectors, and regions.
Should We Put a Price on Water?
The convergence of climate change and growing demands from agriculture, industry, and an expanding population have led to a looming global freshwater crisis. Yet innovation in this space trickles slowly through a complex regulatory and policy environment. Jim Matheson, CEO of Oasys Water, discusses how putting the right price on water could help ensure that a growing world population has access to this most essential resource.
Global Social Entrepreneurship
Learn about leadership from alumni and other leaders who visit Edward P. Evans Hall to speak candidly about their experiences.
We always think about our growth and our innovation and our mission all at the same time. We never innovate just to innovate, and we never think about our mission as its own entity; they all have to be interwoven.Seth Goldman '95
Founder and TeaEO Emeritus, Honest Tea
April 6, 2016
We need silos, but we don’t have to be trapped by the tradition, and silos, and taxonomies of the past.Gillian Tett
U.S. managing editor, Financial Times
April 6, 2016
As a leader, you should surround yourself with people who are different from you.Emma Sky
Director, Yale World Fellows
Former Advisor to the Commanding General, United States Forces Iraq
April 11, 2016
“Leadership is the capacity to inspire people around a compelling vision, to achieve a great outcome, and, in the process, to help people achieve the potential they didn’t even know they had,” Beth Axelrod, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, eBay.
Leadership in Practice
Put your skills to work by leading a student club, starting a new company, or running a conference.