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Seeking Leadership In B-School [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 06:39
How many people feel like trying to land a leadership position like being the president of a club?

Time seems like it's precious enough with all the activities going on in school, I don't know if I want the burden of a leadership position if it's only for the marginal benefit of telling recruiters that I held a leadership position. Is this worth it? Is this impressive/important enough to recruiters that everyone should really try to get a leadership position?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 07:14
Can't comment on the club leadership position, but I will definately strive to become a team leader, if not for a portion of the projects.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 07:38
Sooner or later you will have to lead something. Either your study group, your section, your Chess club or something, but there's almost enough positions for everyone to get to lead something.

I think that for those who have not been exposed to the ups and downs of managing teams, then leading a group should help build such an experience.

For the rest, it's just more practice of leading groups, but this time around in a multicultural enviroment of highly driven people.

Either way, it's good. It complements your training.

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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 09:49
I'm sure there will be plenty of leadership opportunities such as leading a study group, but the ones that would really be impressive to a recruiter are the ones that I imagine would require the biggest commitment. For instance, if I was a recruiter and I saw that someone was the Treasurer of the [fill in the blank] Club, I would think, "Okay, this person made a half-a$$ed attempt at getting involved, because really, who cares about being the Treasurer of a club. Collecting $5 club dues once per year isn't all that complicated."

But if someone were the President of a club and was necessarily involved in arranging all sorts of activities, that would impress me.

So I guess it's the real "premium" leadership positions I'm thinking about.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 10:12
If it makes sense to do it, I will. But at this stage in my life I feel no need to fulfill a leadership role just for the sake of having one.

Actually.....

(Inspired by Johnny's post, AAu quickly submits her response to start a new thread of her own.)
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 12:23
I definitely will at least try for a leadership position in a club i'm interested in, such as finance or student government. I tend to take a lot more interest in school or organizations when I have a vested interest in them.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 13:37
johnnyx9 wrote:
I'm sure there will be plenty of leadership opportunities such as leading a study group, but the ones that would really be impressive to a recruiter are the ones that I imagine would require the biggest commitment. For instance, if I was a recruiter and I saw that someone was the Treasurer of the [fill in the blank] Club, I would think, "Okay, this person made a half-a$$ed attempt at getting involved, because really, who cares about being the Treasurer of a club. Collecting $5 club dues once per year isn't all that complicated."

But if someone were the President of a club and was necessarily involved in arranging all sorts of activities, that would impress me.

So I guess it's the real "premium" leadership positions I'm thinking about.


Well, I'm skeptical that recruiters will actually care that much about the actual brand of leadership positions during B-school. Sure, if you want to go into Consulting, then join the consulting club. But does that mean that McK will only hire the club's president? I don't think so. Once you've made it to the interview, you should have some leadership experiences to talk about, some group work experiences, etc. But not necessarily the top position.

I also think pre-MBA experience (at least pre-MBA leadership experience) will be weighed much more heavily than any club leadership you can do. I call this the "pre-season vs. regular". Which would you rather win? A pre-season game (=school leadership) or a regular season event (= work leadership)? Which one's tougher?

Furthermore, I think that being a section president is not only about leadership but also about willingness to commit time to that particular activity instead of to another. B-school is a 2 year exercise in time management and compromising.

The only case where I see that an extra during B-school will have a very high impact on recruiting would be if you were involved (and got a nice place) at a multi-school competition of some kind. But that's not necessarily about leadership.

My $2 x 10^-2.
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