This Global Immersion focuses on Chile’s unique wealth of natural resources. It has two key objectives: an introduction to Chile’s natural resource based industries, and development of your leadership and teamwork capacities through a trekking expedition in the Patagonian wilderness. Our trip begins with some time in Santiago learning about the Chilean context, then we fly to Patagonia to begin a challenging backpacking expedition in a small team with rotating leadership and embedded leadership development coaches. You will learn about Chile’s incomparable terrain and also learn from it.
The mountain expedition is led by experienced instructors from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The program teaches technical outdoor skills, sustainable environmental practices, as well as frameworks for choosing situationally optimal approaches to leadership. Maintaining teamwork in rugged terrain with wide ranging weather conditions is an exercise in emotional intelligence. Some days you will be the “designated leader” of your hiking team and expected to make decisions, communicate plans, delegate tasks, and maintain morale under trying conditions. Other days as a member of the team you will practice the capacities of “active followership,” “peer leadership” and “self leadership.” NOLS instructors will guide this learning through individual and group discussions before and after each day’s hike (a daily cycle of think, do, reflect) as well as providing granular feedback to you about how you affect other members of the team. The expedition becomes a laboratory for expanding one’s leadership repertoire. This opportunity to focus closely on one’s leadership and teamwork habits enables powerful and lasting self-insights, which students in past years have called “life changing.” The campus sessions are carefully designed to prepare you with skills and frameworks that help you get the most of the expedition. As for practicalities, the trip will take place on January 6-19, 2019, preceded by campus sessions in the B term. There are three classroom sessions led by Professor Morris and three skills oriented TA-led sessions. The cost of this program is $2900, which covers NOLS program costs from the 9th to the 18th, lodging on the 6th and 7th in Santiago, ground transport and some meals in Santiago. It does not cover international airfare, airfare between Santiago and Balmaceda, lodging the night of the 8th or 18th and meals, or the gear required to camp during the program. Please note that this course is physically demanding; students will hike and camp for nine evenings, sleeping in tents on the mountain and preparing their own meals. A medical will be required for review by the NOLS team to ensure there are no risk factors that could hinder successful participation. Attendance both in New York sessions and the Chile trip is mandatory. Students who miss the first class meeting may be removed from the course. No program fee refunds will be given after the A term add/drop period has closed. Please visit the Chazen Institute website to learn more about the Global Immersion Program and review all policies of the program.
Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership
Michael Morris is a Chaired Professor in the Management Division at CBS and also serves as Professor in the Psychology Department of Columbia University.
He teaches MBA and executive-level classes on leadership, teamwork, communication, negotiation, and decision-making. In 2016, he was honored with the Dean's Award for Innovation in the Curriculum for creating two of the school's most...