When to lead by empowerment vs. When to be directive

By Heather Harreld
Empowering leadership — the practice of sharing power with subordinates and allowing them to collectively make decisions — has long been touted as better for performance than a …

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Making Time To Give Back

Being in an MBA program from a top-ranked school while pursuing a career adds complexity to your life — there is no getting around that. Time management becomes more important …

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Student Voices: The Carolina Way

Legendary UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach Dean Smith first coined the words “The Carolina Way” to reflect the spirit of the university. The Carolina Way means something slightly different to every Carolina student and alum, but underpinning every definition is a belief in excellence. This excellence drew me to Carolina as both an undergrad and graduate student, and it’s what attracts so many students from around the world.

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Student Voices: How I Landed My Dream Job through MBA@UNC

I decided to pursue an MBA because my responsibilities and oversight in the IT project management arena escalated, as did the necessity for integrating other functions across the business. I sought the managerial competence to ensure our technology priorities met the far-reaching needs of the organization as a whole. While I felt highly confident within the confines of my IT world, I lacked the business knowledge to advocate effectively at a broader, visionary level.

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How Leaders Can Learn Through Improv

Business leaders need to be outstanding communicators, innovators, decision makers, change agents and critical thinkers. They must be able to handle ambiguity, to promote teamwork and collaboration, and to be the best coach and mentor they can be. It is a tall order. Improv can offer a safe, creative atmosphere for business leaders to develop these skills.

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A Professional’s Case for the Online MBA

As I began the MBA@UNC program, I received questions from colleagues, friends and mentors. They had a lot of interest in the online format, the integrity of the degree, and the time and financial commitment. When they asked why I picked MBA@UNC, my answer was, “I would have liked to quit my job and go to Stanford full time, but that just wasn’t a reality, so I picked the best school that had the accessibility I needed.”

A total of up to $40,000 available for one or more students with outstanding leadership potential.

Introducing the MBA@UNC ‘Shaping Leaders’ Fellowship

We are proud to announce the Shaping Leaders Fellowship to honor that commitment to leadership by offering a total of $40,000 in tuition funding to one or more outstanding admitted students whose applications demonstrate excellence in the areas of leadership and teamwork in their careers. Fellowships will be awarded to candidates admitted to the January 2013 class.

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Student Voices: Lessons Learned from MBA@UNC (Part Two)

My first year in the MBA@UNC program has been incredibly enlightening. In my last post, I reflected on some things I wish I had known going in to the program. Reevaluating my notions of time management, rallying the support of my friends and family and opening my mind to new learning experiences made this first year a positive one.

But what about learning in the online classroom? For many of us, this is the most significant change from how we’ve attended class in the past. Here are some things to keep in mind as you approach MBA@UNC’s online learning platform.

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Student Voices: Lessons Learned from MBA@UNC (Part One)

The other day it dawned on me that I am more than halfway through the MBA@UNC program. With this realization, I mostly felt relief that I have managed to make it this far, but I also felt a sense of nostalgia for the unfettered optimism and enthusiasm with which I began my studies. Though my optimism and enthusiasm remain, I can admit that the first year of MBA@UNC—as with any MBA program—is difficult. When I look back, I realize that I can offer a few tips that will make the first year in MBA@UNC just a little bit easier.

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Recap of the London Global Immersion Weekend

London, England, was the setting for the third MBA@UNC Global Immersion in June 2012. MBA@UNC students, faculty and staff convened to examine the increasingly interconnected global markets and the European debt crisis.

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