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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : May/Jun 2004 : Special Section

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A Student's Perspective
Useful Insights About Effective Leadership

By Angela Jean Sherry, Graduate School of Business, Stanford

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Useful Insights About Effective Leadership

I saw business school as an excellent opportunity for me to learn more about effectively managing other people, solving complex, interdisciplinary problems, and gaining useful insights about organizational influence and effectiveness. In short, I chose business school to help me learn how to become a more effective leader in my future career. I chose Stanford Graduate School of Business for three main reasons: its reputation for serving as an excellent managerial training ground; its focus on public management and non-profit leadership education, and its friendly and supportive student and faculty culture. Stanford puts substantial resources toward its public management program, which offers subsidies for non-profit internships, a meaningful loan forgiveness program, public sector leadership opportunities, and many other support-systems for students seeking careers or board positions in the public sector. I value this public management program tremendously and came to Stanford in large part because of it.

I worked at Environmental Defense for three years prior to business school, and I plan to continue a career in environmental management at some point in my future. I am particularly interested in the field of conservation real estate and may choose to pursue this interest further. During the fall and winter quarters of this past year, I worked on a project for The Nature Conservancy in exchange for course units. This project was a terrific learning experience and one that I hope will help launch part of my future career.

This past year, I served as the co-president of the Stanford Business School Environmental Management Club, one of the most fulfilling leadership opportunities I have held thus far because it gave me a chance to interact closely with other business school students interested in environmental issues.

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