Path bending leadership at HAAS a de facto 5th principle

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Path bending leadership at HAAS a de facto 5th principle

  1. 1. http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/Path-Bending Leadership at Haas:a de facto 5th Principle
  2. 2. By the Amerasia Consulting Group,Boutique MBA Admissions ConsultingPath-Bending Leadership at Haas:a de facto 5th PrincipleMBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  3. 3. "What does it mean to be a path-bending leader? What pathsneed bending? What makes Berkeley-Haas a uniqueenvironment for developing the path-bending leaders who willdetermine what is next? What is the connection betweencommercial opportunity and responsible leadership? How areBerkeley-Haas alumni transforming the companies they lead andthe industries they serve? How does the greater diversity ofpeople in organizations lead to more innovative thinking?"Source: http://insights.haasalumni.org/2012/05/path-bending-leadership-panel/MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  4. 4. We have all known about Berkeley-Haas 4 "DefiningPrinciples" for a while now.Personally, I consider Haas emphasis on "Path-bendingleadership" to be a de facto "5th principle" that buildsupon the Defining Principles.Most significantly and over the past year, I have seenpath-bending leadership take on a greater significancewith faculty, alumni and student discussions alike.This trend has implications for your essays and "whyHaas?"MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  5. 5. In short, path-bending leadership addresses the need forgreater "problem framers."Traditionally, b-schools have been adept at creatingproblem solvers, but have paid much less emphasis onthose that can anticipate and adapt quickly to rapidlychanging business and social environments.Simply put, its leadership that is more than just smartpeople creating a static plan and then executing on it.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  6. 6. Path-bending leaders:Recognize that faster innovation is a constant. Inresponse, they create cultures that can accommodateand thrive in constantly changing cultures and sets ofcircumstances.Divert from the traditional way of doing things in order torespond quickly. They recognize that companies (andmanagers) who have a myopic focus on creating long,drawn-out strategy are not as agile and quick to respond.They recognize that the old way of doing things meansthey will get beaten to the punch by companies that aresmaller, nimble and agile.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  7. 7. Can be paranoid - "Only the paranoid survive." That is,you are only as good as how you respond, what you candeliver quickly, and how fast you anticipate what youcannot see immediately. "Be paranoid about what youare missing."Bring multiple viewpoints (and associated people)together to deal with complexity and consistently use thisstrength as a speedy differentiator.Start off strong - so the big guys (entrenched competitors)cant kill you when they discover you.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  8. 8. Influence extends across industry and geography, as wellas the for and non-profit sectors.Examples of path-bending leaders:•Margo Alexander, BS 68, former Chairman and CEO ofUBS Global Asset Management•Paul Rice, MBA 96, founder and CEO of Fair Trade USA•Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, founder of the Ashesi Universityin GhanaMBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  9. 9. So how can you - as an applicant - learn more aboutHaas view on path-bending leadership?1.First, read this article "Haas School of Business: Building InnovativeLeaders http://haas.berkeley.edu/strategicplan/deanarticle.pdf > Consider ita primer.2.Then watch this video-taped discussion to hear Haas faculty and alumnigive their assessment of path-bending leadership.a) http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/blog/2013/5/6/path-bending-leadership-at-haasMBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  10. 10. If you are interested in the MBA Admissions Consulting services offered byAmerasia, please email mba@amerasiaconsulting.com to inquire about setting upa free consultation.http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/

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