From the Director of Admissions: Leadership at Yale SOM

As the academic year winds down and members of our graduating class prepare for the next stage of their careers, I've been reflecting on the ways that the leadership of our students shapes the Yale SOM community.

During the admissions process, we look for students who have demonstrated a habit of engagement with their communities in their personal and professional lives, as a predictor of the kind of citizens they will be here at Yale. With more than 45 student clubs, prominent conferences, an active Student Government, and many other ways to be involved, our school culture benefits from bringing together students who want to make positive contributions to the Yale SOM community.

At Yale SOM, we teach business, organization, markets, leadership, networks, social enterprise, entrepreneurship—all areas in which an understanding of group dynamics is crucial. In addition to attracting people with a disposition to contribute value to their organizations, our curriculum is structured to reinforce and refine these tendencies. Classroom work is heavily group oriented and tackles the challenges of managing in today's fast-moving, highly global environment. The newly redesigned Leadership Development Program, which extends through both years of the program, provides students opportunities to expand and enhance their leadership skills. The overall experience is meant to help students hone the skills they will need to build thriving organizations, lead people across boundaries of geography and sector, and ultimately have meaningful impact in their lives and careers.

We hope you will continue to learn about Yale SOM and the unique culture that defines the student experience here. Next month, we will discuss steps that you can take over the summer to prepare for your business school application.

Bruce DelMonico
Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions
Yale School of Management