LCF program kick off seminar sets up student coaches for success

Leadership is an art, not a science.

This idea was emphasized by Goizueta Business School professors Rick Gilkey and Peter Topping as they addressed this year’s group of Delta Air Lines Leadership Coaching Fellows. The program begins each academic year with an all-day seminar and workshop. Throughout the semester, students will work at perfecting the art of leadership while acting as peer coaches for first-year MBA, EvMBA and other students.

The LCF program, now in its fifth year, is part of Goizueta’s Leadership Development Program, and the course is designed to use coaching skills to enhance leadership attributes.

“First and foremost, this is a leadership program,” Ken Keen, associate dean of leadership, told the students. “I want to spend today making sure you are as prepared as possible to engage with your teams.”

Keen, Gilkey and Topping led the students through a case study produced by Dean Erika James. One student acted as a peer coach and attempted to reverse the real-life outcome of the study, which involved the dismantling of a student learning team.

Throughout the morning fellows were given time to journal, reflect, and discuss ideas in small groups.

Gilkey noted first-year students who receive peer coaching may be resistant to the idea for a variety of reasons.

“You may be asked, ‘Why are we doing all this touchy-feely stuff anyway?’” said Gilkey. “But they [would be] missing the point. This is a different level of learning. How you get there and what you learn from that is the biggest takeaway.

“Step outside the game and think about how you’re playing it.”

Topping told the fellows that being an effective coach is something that will always be important.

“Folks, I wish I had been fortunate enough to have the experience you’re having, as someone who is doing a fair bit of coaching now,” Topping said, remembering a time when the group was a quarter of its current size. “Now seeing everyone here and how motivated you all are, it’s very rewarding.”

After the morning seminar, students broke into groups to meet with executive coaches who support the coaching fellows by observing sessions, providing feedback, and being available to answer questions and give advice.

ONE-YEAR MBA FELLOWS

  • Laura Botero
  • Chase Canter
  • Steven Cheng
  • Marissa Cho
  • Meghan Elliott
  • Ryan Jaskot
  • JK Karlsson
  • Matt Klaiber
  • Courtney Lemenze
  • Nicholas Meli
  • Fiorella Rosalino Orozco
  • Deven Patel
  • Kritesh Patel
  • Kimberly Qualls
  • Gabi Tudin
  • Eric Zimmerman

 

TWO-YEAR MBA FELLOWS

  • Lindsay Aleshire
  • Veronica Arroyo
  • Rhushi Bhadkamkar
  • Lisa Brauer
  • Jesse Brown
  • Morgan Bullock
  • Karina de Sousa
  • Lane Eisenburg
  • Ryanne Fenimore
  • Alexa Fogler
  • Max Francis
  • Ajay Sreekanth Ganesh
  • Katerina Gazashvili
  • Matt Gill
  • Leo Gorgens
  • Missy Goss
  • Austin Gray
  • Isha Grewal
  • Emani Harris
  • Mac Hatch
  • Shige Higashiura
  • Mi-Yeon Kim
  • Kelly Kretschmar
  • Souvik Kumar
  • Andrew Kupka
  • Clay Lanier
  • Jay Mathes
  • Katie McComb
  • Alex McDonald
  • Justin Milledge
  • Rami Mouad
  • Jacob Novich
  • Salona Patel
  • Abhishek Patro
  • Claire Pavlak
  • Amanda Persaud
  • Parker Plunkett
  • Daria Preston
  • Klaenyza Pritchard
  • Harrison Reeves
  • Ron Rice
  • Katie Sweeney
  • Ranan Tannenbaum
  • Hitesh Tanwani
  • Garrett Tash
  • Ryan Trepte
  • Michael Weller
  • Louis Wolff
  • Frank Woodling

 

EVENING MBA FELLOWS

  • Sarah Baker
  • Sheereen Brown
  • Josie Brucker
  • Jordan Bunster-deCorrea
  • Jaime Cabre
  • Chase Callaway
  • Jeff Chermely
  • Melissa Conners
  • Adriana Douglas
  • Chris Fehn
  • Shehla Hajiani
  • David Hoffmire
  • Lauren Jeong
  • Llana Katz
  • Lidiya Krochmal
  • Dennis Luong
  • Kathryn Marsh-Soloway
  • Jarrett Oakley
  • Kenny Owens
  • Senthil Rajendran
  • Poornima (Poorni)
  • Ramakrishnan
  • Sangita Sharma
  • John Stegall
  • Jonna Tiitinen
  • Ben Wedekind
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