Leadership Labs

Leadership Labs is a required course for first-year Stanford MBA students, in which students practice core leadership skills in a team setting.

Leadership Labs provides an experiential component to the autumn-quarter curriculum, when students are focused on a set of broad managerial perspectives. Other courses first-year students take provide frameworks and case studies in strategic decision-making, critical-analytical thinking, and organizational behavior, which provides a broad context for those aspiring to serve in executive roles. In Leadership Labs, the theory gives way to practice.

Teams of students, or “squads,” participate in a series of exercises and simulations designed to create the urgency and ambiguity that frequently accompanies real-life leadership challenges. At the end of each simulation, they analyze the decisions and behaviors they exhibited in order to build greater self-awareness. Each squad is coached by an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow.

Faculty Instructors
Dikla Carmen-Hurwitz
Lecturer in Management
Andrea Corney
Lecturer in Management
Mark Voorsanger
Adjunct Lecturer in Management
Collins Dobbs
Lecturer in Management
Ricki Frankel
Lecturer in Management
Hugh Keelan
Lecturer in Management
Christine McCanna
Lecturer in Management
Lisa  A. Monzón
Lecturer in Management
Yifat Sharabi Levine
Lecturer in Management