Throughout our nearly 100-year history, a multitude of leaders have emerged from our doors ready to face the challenges of an increasingly complex world.
While it is true that we desire to bring out the best leadership qualities in our students, there is no cut-and-dried formula for producing results. Our programs and curricula instead serve as catalysts for students to develop and hone their leadership skills, in a variety of settings.
Of particular importance to us is the concept of integrative leadership. We see it as a form of leadership where people transcend boundaries—be they civic, geographic, or cultural—to collaborate across sectors and tackle the great challenges facing society.
And at the University of Minnesota, there is an entire entity devoted to just that. In this issue, we profile the Center for Integrative Leadership, itself a collaboration of several University schools and colleges, including the Carlson School. The center serves as a space in which conversations across boundaries take place and where we can study how best to engage and lead such conversations to make things happen.
Besides our affiliation with the center, the Carlson School has breeding grounds for leadership deeply embedded into all parts of our curriculum. A good example of this is in our Enterprise Programs. In these programs—Consulting, Brand, Ventures, and Funds—student teams work on real-world problems for real partner businesses. Success in these programs truly is dependent on harnessing leadership skills and bringing them to the table.
So what happens to these skills once students leave our halls? In the pages to follow, we profile several of our alumni who have marshaled their leadership abilities into success in their respective fields.
Leadership also is a fertile field for study. In this issue, we’ll take a look at a few intriguing pieces of faculty research on this topic, such as Norway’s “responsible investment” and how CEO’s influence on the bottom line is affected by how they are compensated.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Carlson School and as always, I look forward to your comments.
Sri Zaheer, Dean Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility