We conducted an interview with Matt Vernon, Professional Online MBA student, who participated in our McLauchlan Leadership Series this past year. The following post is that conversation, edited for clarity.
Q: What were some of your biggest takeaways from the series?
Matt Vernon: Personal leadership is paramount. You can’t sustainably lead a team, much less an organization, without first mastering preternatural self-awareness, and, subsequently, appropriate self-care.
Q: How will you apply what you learned to your studies as an MBA student?
MV: To be honest, I’m more likely to apply the lessons I learned in the McLauchlan series over the full course of my personal and professional life vs. just my remaining time as a student. In other words: the McLauchlan experience will be with me for a long, long time. I’ve already used a wide variety of my new leadership skills as a parent — I’ve noticed, particularly, how important it is to be vulnerable when seeking to build trust.
Q: How have you seen your leadership skills advance throughout this course?
MV: The McLauchlan series gave me a meaningful structure for optimally implementing organizational culture change initiatives, an area of substantial personal interest. I now have a roadmap for helping manage institutional changes of that magnitude, and the same techniques and tools work on a smaller scale, too.
Q: Any other insights or thoughts you’d like to share?
MV: My personal belief is that this fellowship was the single most valuable part of my MBA learning experience. The McLauchlans provide each of us with a very special gift: we connected with other leaders, reinforced classroom study in real-world settings, and grew as a human beings.