Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD)

The myCHOICE LEAD mini-course will offer a taste of the LEAD program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which was one of the first experiential leadership development programs at a major business school and is continuously updated to adapt to the evolving challenges of leadership. The course is designed to enhance students’ self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness by providing them with an opportunity to benchmark themselves with respect to critical aspects of leadership – working in teams, influencing others, conflict management, interpersonal communication, presentation skills, etc.

Dates: July 6, 8, 13, & 15; 9 – 11 AM
Course capacity: 24
Course fee: $10

Session Descriptions


This session introduces the meaning of leadership. As part of this session, participants engage in an exercise in which they establish a small enterprise, casting themselves in a lead role. The exercise draws attention to one of the founding principles of leadership.

Leadership Style

This session uses two well-researched assessments as a way to deepen participants’ self-awareness of their interpersonal style. Further, the two instruments are combined in a way that helps illuminate broad behavioral patterns related to leading. Participants receive their results, participate in a collective debrief, and process the implications for themselves as leaders.

Relational Influence

Leadership is, fundamentally, about working with and through others. This session pays special attention to the ways in which relationships play a critical role in leading. Participants apply these concepts to their existing work relationships and consider strategies for developing and refining their work relationships.

Articulating Vision

Communicating effectively is at the heart of leadership. This session considers how to develop and deliver important messages. Using the concepts discussed in class, each participant will each deliver a short presentation in order to identify their strengths and growth points as a communicator.


LEAD helped me better interact with others, particularly those working under me. The course was heavily psychology based, and I’m really happy that it was!

Kaitlin Kentala

Graduate Student, Physical Sciences Division

Workshop Instructor

Chris Collins, PhD

Chris Collins, PhD

Associate Dean, Leadership Development for MBA Programs, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

Chris Collins is an Associate Dean at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. In this role, he has responsibility for the leadership development activities for full-time MBA students, including the ground breaking Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) program. Mr. Collins also heads leadership development initiatives at the University of Chicago Law School and College.

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