Make a personal impact through your leadership.

Leadership in Action gives students the opportunity to test and refine their leadership skills in high fidelity leadership simulations and real-world experiences.

Peer Leadership Groups
Starting in the second semester of their first year, students meet regularly in small, peer facilitated groups to examine their own leadership development while learning from the experiences of their classmates. Peer Leadership Groups allow students to gain new perspectives on their individual leadership development, and to build a network of trusted advisors.

Leadership Simulations are designed to bring it all together. Students have a chance to apply the skills they’ve gained through other components of the program in a set of fast-paced simulations designed to test their capacity to lead and influence. Past experiential leadership simulations have included a military-style leadership communication exercise and a leadership improv workshop.

2018 Leadership in Crisis Simulation
At NYU Stern, we believe the work of a leader starts first from within…self-awareness is the foundation of leadership excellence and our Leadership Development programming is structured to guide MBA students through this “inside out” work before steering them to the “outside in” content (i.e., team dynamics, managing others, influencing without authority, building stakeholder relationships, etc.). What better way than to immerse the students in a real-life scenario where they are presented with a highly challenging situation?

Thanks to the incredible support from Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), our Platinum Sponsor, we were able to bring this unique experience to the MBA Students in the Leadership Development Program (1st year full-time MBA students). The Crisis Simulation was executed by Dr. Larry Barton, one of the world’s leading experts in Crisis Management and Threat Assessment and by Connie Kim, the Senior Director of Leadership Development at NYU Stern.

Senior leaders from A&M and our corporate partners had the exclusive opportunity to participate in this inaugural event as Judges. Judges observed the teams “in action” throughout the crisis and provided the students with invaluable insights and feedback on their ability to manage and lead in a crisis. However, it is not just what decisions are made that were assessed, but also how and what each of these simulation teams communicated to the Reporters, whose job was to act as media outlets, pepper them with questions about the crisis situation, and assess how they respond to “in-the-limelight” pressure. The Control Room Actors made it feel real – this group wore their acting caps and delivered the scripted simulation…all while watching their teams in (re)action.

There were approximately 115 people involved in the simulation with nearly 70% represented by current MBA students and alums (comprised of: LDP1s, LDP alums, IOP alums (EMBAs who went through the leadership development program), MBA2s and Langone students).

Student Perspectives

“LDP is one of my most enriching experiences at Stern, as it provided opportunities to step out of my comfort zone. My leadership coach is central to my LDP experience. She helped me create my leadership action plan, which has helped guide my progress towards well-defined goals and get the most out of the MBA program. She has also served as a sounding board for ideas throughout my MBA experience at Stern. The highlight of the program was a series of simulation exercises at West Point Military Academy, where the importance of clear communication skills and trust was emphasized through challenging obstacle courses under time pressure. All in all, I collaborated with a diverse, passionate group of Sternies, really enjoyed myself and learned a lot. How often can you say that?"
- Vijay Nori, LDP Class of 2016