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Purdue Master's

Leadership Programs

You are a leader.

Leadership experiences in the Master’s Programs test and increase leadership abilities through hands on experience, relationships, and feedback, and reflection. Organizations and communities are seeking leaders that can drive results and create positive change. Your classroom experience will equip you with exceptional analytical skills, pair this with leadership experience to demonstrate a powerful and unique combination of skills! Make an investment in your leadership development today to build a competitive advantage in the job market and beyond.

Leadership Competency Assessment and Coaching

During their first year in the program, students assess and receive feedback about how often they engage in leadership behaviors via a multi-rater assessment tool. Information from the assessment, as well as information about the student’s career strategy and professional goals, is used in one on one coaching sessions to increase self-awareness and create an individual development plan. The individual development plan then serves as a guide for how students plan their leadership and professional development activities while in the program. Students may repeat this process during their second year to measure their growth.

Coaches are career counselors and retired executives from the Krannert Professional Development Center, and staff members that work in roles related to student development within the MBA and MS Programs Office.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The Master’s program community is home to the Krannert Graduate Student Association (KGSA) and nearly 25 vibrant student led clubs and organizations. Clubs are a leadership development laboratory where students work collaboratively with faculty, staff, employers, and alumni to apply and test their leadership capabilities. Initiatives and programs led by clubs and organization enhance the educational experience for all and allow students to leave a lasting impact on the school.

Krannert Graduate Student Association (KGSA)

KGSA is the governing body of Krannert’s student clubs and is responsible for representing the interests of the entire student body with a simple mission: Enhance the Krannert Experience. KGSA directly oversees the planning and implementation of student activities, programs, and processes designed to add value to your experience as a student at Krannert. This governing body provides an excellent leadership opportunity as it is a comprehensive organization that initiates institutional change, manages resource allocation, and addresses the needs of hundreds of students.

Krannert Life Website – Bookmark It Your Homepage!

Krannert Life is your destination for information about student clubs, activities and events, and blog entries to help you learn more about your classmates and the program. Each week, KGSA publishes a newsletter via e-mail to all students via the Krannert Life website.

Krannert Alumna presenting to Women In Business GroupNew Student Mentor Program

Each year, second year master’s students are selected to mentor and advise new student study teams. The Launching Global Leaders program has helped us bring more focus to the work on of the Mentors. Mentors connect students to opportunities to get involved and take a leadership role within the community, while supporting new students in their transition to Master’s student life. Mentors take the Mentoring and Socialization course (OBHR 560) to equip them with training and skills to be effective in their position and grow as a leader.

Launching Global Leaders Course (MGMT 390)

This course, required for first year MBA, MSHRM, MSIA and MS(F) students, focuses on leadership competency and professional development skill building activities within the following learning goals:

    • Prepare to engage in the Master’s student experience within the community and within the job or internship search.
    • Appreciate the value of applying well developed leadership skills in a team or workplace environment.
    • Understand your strengths and areas for growth relative to Krannert’s leadership competency model.
    • Learn skills that will help you manage a domestic or international job search during any career phase.
    • Recognize and explore the cultural and ideological diversity within the Krannert community.

Leadership (OBHR 662)

This course focuses on leadership in organizations and invites you on a journey of personal exploration, understanding and hopefully development. Leadership develops over time, through repetition, feedback and self-reflection. The overall goal of this course is to provide information and tools that will guide you towards becoming a more effective leader by:

      1. increasing your conceptual understanding of leadership in organizations;
      2. helping you discover important insights into yourself as a leader (including your strengths and weaknesses or opportunities for personal growth).

To achieve this goal, this course will involve a mixture of lecture, discussion, case analysis, self-assessment techniques and experiential learning assignments. The emphasis is on exploiting diverse ways of learning as well as interaction with real-life examples and situations. The role of the instructor in this course is not to provide “the” answer, but to create an environment where you can collectively explore, examine and experiment with your own ideas.

Experiencing Leadership: A Transformational Journey from Gettysburg (OBHR 590)

Guided by Purdue professor, Brad Alge, and in partnership with the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, OBHR 590 - Experiencing Leadership: A Transformational Journey from Gettysburg allows you to learn about leadership in a very original and impactful way. You will be put in situations similar to those of leaders like Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain during the Civil War and asked to make difficult decisions all while delving into Lincoln’s unique leadership style. Using history as a metaphor and the battlefield as a classroom, you will:

      1. Experience how leadership can transform teams and organizations
      2. Develop essential communication skills for effective leadership
      3. Learn how to think strategically and critically to find the “high ground”
      4. Understand rational and emotional components of being a leader
      5. Identify and apply the characteristics of some of history’s greatest leaders
      6. Discover strategies for selling, leading, negotiating and producing results

The knowledge gained through this course will directly apply to organizational leadership and performance in a rapidly changing, stressful environment, with limited information and limited resources—challenges that were present in 1863 and that are ubiquitous in most organizations today.