11 Lessons From The Best & Brightest Class Of 2022

Jean-Pierre Michael: ‘The best people to surround myself with are those with skillsets complimentary to mine.’

8. Good Leaders Surround Themselves With The Right People

“The MBA program taught me that the best people to surround myself with are those with skillsets complimentary to mine to create synergies where the sum of our team’s parts will be greater than the whole.” – Jean-Pierre Michael, McGill-HEC Montréal

9. Leading Teams Takes Practice

Alysa Ulstad: ‘Leading teams is a skill that takes practice, but can also be improved through learning.’

“The lessons I learned about problem solving through authentic leadership are invaluable. Leading teams is a skill that takes practice, but can also be improved through learning. Every situation and individual requires a different approach. For me, the notion that I need to create moments of pause for myself and my team is something that I have applied directly to work. I keep a post-it on my desk that says ‘How do you see this coming together?’ as a way to force myself to pause and listen to those around me and to try to naturally encourage the team to do the same thing.“ – Alysa Ulstad, University of Minnesota (Carlson)

 

10. Your Experience Is A Toolkit

“I learned that your experience, much like the courses in an EMBA programme, is a toolkit – the more varied your tools, the more challenges you can solve. At work, it taught me to specifically hire new staff for my teams with experience in some of the fields we directly learned about in our EMBA courses. The team became more thematically diverse, and these individuals were invaluable during our final tests ahead of the FIFA World Cup.” – Andrzej Antoszkiewicz, University of Oxford (Saïd)

11. Expanding Your Expertise

“With my career previously focused on the technical side of business, my expertise felt very narrow, and I shied away from conversations pertaining to the business as a whole. I think the MBA gave me the vocabulary and confidence to not only participate in these discussions, but to offer my own opinion on the strategy and direction of our company. For example, I am now deeply involved in price management and pricing strategies for the company globally. This might not have happened without the MBA.” – Robin Steininger, Ph.D., Purdue University (Krannert)

“The confidence in my ability to learn – whatever the complexity or my lack of experience in an area, I confidently can ask good questions and challenge and as such drive results in a positive manner.” – Julie Dell’Aniello, University of Toronto (Rotman)

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