Graduate Leadership Lab

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Leadership Lab is a new program led by Graduate Student Life and Leadership designed to expand the capacity for graduate students to perform in their leadership roles within clubs and forums. In the fall semester students can participate in individual sessions on leadership topics led by faculty, alumni, and entrepreneurial thought leaders. Student leaders can then enroll in the spring Leadership Lab, a series of interactive skill building and reflection based workshops and peer discussion groups that are designed to intentionally develop their advanced leadership capabilities. The Leadership lab intends to build a clear connection between the graduate student leadership experience and classroom learning.

In the Leadership Lab students will: 

Integrate personal leadership styles and experiences with best practices and apply to their leadership role at Babson and beyond. 


Learn about their personal leadership styles, strengths, and values through a series of interactive workshops and discussion based sessions.

Reflect on personal attributes of leadership and how these impact their experience and role as a student leader at Babson and life after graduation.

Preview of Leadership Lab 2022 Spring Sessions

After a kickoff session in early December, Leadership Lab students will attend one workshop and one peer reflection lunch per month during the spring semester for a total of 12 hours of live content delivery. Student participants will also complete a leadership skills assessment, leadership action plan, and craft their leadership story as part of the lab. 

Strengths Based Leadership Workshop:

Week of January 24, 2022

Sara Regan, President and Founder of Strengths Now, Inc., will take students through their results from the CliftonStrengths Assessment. In this interactive workshop you will learn a framework for understanding the real power of your strengths, how they work together, and how they can help you in your leadership role. This session will set the foundation for crafting your leadership action plan and reflecting on your leadership philosophy.

Difficult Conversations Workshop:

Week of February 21, 2022

As leaders you may encounter difficult conversations or conversations that you find difficult to talk about. Learning how to handle these discussions more skillfully and productively is an important leadership skill. In this interactive workshop Professor Monica Giannone will give you techniques and strategies to make it easier for you to address and manage difficult conversations successfully. Participants will learn new strategies for handling difficult conversations effectively, how to approach these conversations with a spirit of inquiry, and how to balance advocacy and empathy.

Leadership and Delegation without Formal Authority Workshop:

Week of March 21, 2022

Student leaders often find themselves in a position of having to direct and delegate to their peers. This workshop will address how to manage, work, and lead when you don’t have formal authority over the people doing it. Hisham Beydoun, MBA ‘19 is a certified leadership coach, CEO of Hisho Beydoun Coaching, and former President of the Babson Graduate Student Council. In this workshop Hish will help you identify your current perspective on delegation, learn tools to promote confidence and generative leadership, and practice perspective shifting. This will be an active workshop in which you will get the opportunity to practice different approaches to delegation with your peers.

Leadership for Life Keynote and Dinner

Week of April 11 or 18

Join us for a celebratory conclusion of the Leadership Lab and hear from an industry leader about their  leadership journey and words of wisdom.

Lunch and Lead Sessions

Weeks of February 7, March 7, and April 4

There will be three lunches as part of the Leadership Lab. Each will occur approximately two weeks after each interactive workshop in the spring semester. During these lunches you will have an opportunity to share and reflect with your cohort about your leadership action plan and implementation of skills and tools learned in the workshops. You will also begin to craft your Leadership Story with the guidance of Susanne Schneider-Kivelitz, Associate Director Alumni Career & Engagement Manager, Graduate Working Professionals Career Advisor.