Hello SOTGC community,
“What matters to you most, and why?” This is the famous essay question on the Stanford MBA application.
It has always impressed me that a top business school would consider self-awareness essential to leadership development.
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to facilitate student groups at the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a part of the popular Interpersonal Dynamics course.
Full disclosure: I do not have a Stanford MBA and thank my lucky stars that I didn’t have to answer this daunting question.
On a recent trip to the Grand Canyon, I had one of those moments. You know the one – the “I’m just a speck in the grand scheme” one.
So, the essay question came to mind, and I have decided to tackle it. Will you join me?
If you are a life-long learner and someone who likes to question – and I’m guessing you are – what matters most to you, and why, will probably evolve as you become older and wiser.
So, I will be taking it in small steps, and view this as a journey. Over the next 6 weeks, I will be journaling and asking myself smaller questions that I hope will open my mind and heart to possibility.
How cool would it be to do this once a year, maybe around new year’s, and see how you grow and evolve, and how that affects your leadership style?
Since my life’s work is about leadership and philanthropy – essentially doing my part to make the world a better place – I will consider it both personal and professional development.
Let’s begin today.
Mini Question 1: What do you believe?
A few sentences, paragraphs, or pages are enough to get the juices flowing.
Then, stay tuned for questions 2 and 3 in my next two posts.
I will share my personal thoughts each time – a summary, I promise. I really, really hope you will join me in this potentially life-changing exercise and share your thoughts along the way.
I know that doing this together will spark ideas and deeper questions for all of us.
I welcome your comments. Offer suggestions for alternative questions. Try something totally different. Or ponder and write about what you believe.
It’s a start.
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