The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth launches new Center for Leadership

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—September 18, 2009

CONTACT:Kim Keating, 603-646-2733

HANOVER, N.H.—In keeping with its strategic mission to provide the best business leadership education in the world, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth announces the creation of a new Center for Leadership.  The center will strengthen and expand the activities currently offered by the Cohen Leadership Development Program which was first implemented in 2003, and which will now be integrated into the new center's activity.
Dean Paul Danos points out that "Tuck's focus on students and teamwork within our close community enables the first year leadership development course to serve as the starting point for a personal leadership journey that will continue throughout the Tuck experience.  The new center supports the core course where students create a personal leadership plan. The center will emphasize through research and practice how important it is to understand that leadership is both personally and situationally specific."
The goals of the center are threefold: 1) To design and offer leadership development activities that accelerate the pace at which Tuck students assume leadership roles in business, 2) To support and advance cutting edge research on topics that deepen current understanding of leadership, and 3) To serve as a forum where business leaders and scholars exchange best practices and research findings, and collaborate in developing innovative approaches to leadership development.  The activities of the center will include a bi-annual conference, publication of the proceedings of the conference, a working paper series, and talks by business leaders.
The center will support the intellectual foundations of Tuck's current leadership development course offerings, with a focus on overcoming barriers to self-awareness and on understanding the match between leadership strengths and the demands put on leaders in different work settings.  Professor Pino Audia, founder and faculty director of the new Center for Leadership says, "While most leadership teaching in business schools is still done through the case method, the center at Tuck will embrace a personalized approach to leadership where the lens shifts from other leaders onto the students themselves."
Tuck's Center for Leadership will enable the School to continue its pioneering work in the leadership arena by expanding the groundbreaking work started via the Cohen Program.  By building on Tuck's strengths and investing in this area, the center will help create and deliver one of the most personal and most comprehensive leadership development programs in the world.
Finally, Richard McNulty joins the center as Executive Director while maintaining his role as Executive Director of the Career Development Office.  Besides focusing on the student outreach activities of the center, Richard will work closely with other units at Tuck to integrate leadership-related activities across the school.

Founded in 1900, Tuck is the first graduate school of management in the country and consistently ranks among the top business schools worldwide. Tuck remains distinctive among the world's great business schools by combining human scale with global reach, rigorous coursework with experiences requiring teamwork, and valued traditions with innovation.

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