UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Teaching the teachers about leadership


UNC Kenan-FlaglerDeans, professors and administrators from Qatar, Finland, France, Mexico, Canada and the United States came to UNC Kenan-Flagler to learn how to develop a leadership curriculum.

To address the growing demand for leadership education, UNC Kenan-Flagler , a pioneer in leadership development in business education, and AACSB International (AACSB), the premier accreditation body for business schools, offered the Curriculum Development for Leadership seminar Jan. 23-24 at UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Rizzo Executive Conference Center in Chapel Hill for the second year.

Participants learned how to develop leadership experiences using simulations, exercises, assessments, extracurricular activities and coaching programs. They also learned how to use the business simulation "Up Your Game," designed by UNC Kenan-Flagler and offered by AACSB International to over 1,300 members worldwide.

“To help others learn from our experiences and share best practices, we were honored to again co-host with AACSB International,” said Mindy Storrie (EMBA ’97), director of Leadership Development at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

“After two years of hosting this seminar – the only school to ever do so – I would estimate that we have trained over 80 deans, faculty and administrators from at least 70 schools in six countries,” she said.

A success story shared by Dr. Sybil Henderson was one highlight of this year’s seminar.

Last year Henderson, a North Carolina Central University (NCCU) business professor, attended the seminar at the suggestion of her school’s dean, D. Keith Pigues (MBA ‘93), former adjunct leadership professor and executive coach at UNC Kenan-Flagler. She learned how to use the simulation “Up Your Game,” and returned this year to share her experience using it at NCCU.

When Henderson wanted to integrate the simulation into her curriculum last spring, she turned to Randy Marcuson, an executive coach at UNC Kenan-Flagler and a simulation trainer at the seminar, for help. Marcuson is the former president and CEO of a bio-technology company in the global poultry industry and executive chairman of Advanced Animal Diagnostics in Durham, N.C.

Henderson and Marcuson found that the simulation provided flexibility far beyond that of any other classroom tool. Students approached the business problems posed with passion and personal conviction, participated more actively than in a lecture, and developed a different dialogue — with their professor and with each other. The students benefited from the experience of making real-time decisions, and developed self-confidence and leadership skills in ways that traditional case studies and other simulations don't offer.

Leading the seminar were Storrie; Tim Flood, associate professor of management and corporate communication; Alison R. Fragale, Mary Farley Ames Lee Scholar and associate professor of organizational behavior; David A. Hofmann, Hugh L. McColl Scholar in Leadership and professor and area chair of organizational behavior; Peter Romanella, associate director of leadership development and lecturer; and Sridhar Balasubramanian, MBA Program associate dean and the Roy & Alice H. Richards Bicentennial Distinguished Scholar and professor of marketing.