Leadership Development Expedition

Leadership Development Expeditions (LDE) at the Carey Business School serve as a leadership-intensive course for all Carey degree students as well as practicing managers and executives (through Carey Executive Education). 

Upcoming LDEs

LDE Belize | Intersession '19

LDE Norway | Summer '19 

  • TBD

LDE utilizes the unique opportunity for leadership development embedded in outdoor experiential education, providing participants the challenge of serving as a leader during an adventure expedition, and helping individuals reflect on this challenge to develop their own conceptualization and practice of leadership. The program combines a thorough academic introduction to leadership development and opportunity for self-assessment with repeated reflection and feedback to help individuals develop their own path as leaders. The hands-on approach to leadership development, coupled with extensive feedback and coaching, allows individuals to focus intensively on their growth as a leader.

LDE Courses are offered for Carey students in all degree programs (including online programs) twice a year - once during the Intersession term in January and once during the Summer term. LDE Exec Treks are available as custom programs for organizations who wish to develop their high potential managers and build a pipeline of strong leaders for the future.

"This course was an absolutely incredible experience. It put the students in a test environment where it allowed for real-time application of leadership tactics and feedback. ... The self-reflection that this course encouraged as well as the adventure and bonds created are something I will take forward with me in life and in my career."

"This course may be the best course that I've ever taken. Being in an unfamiliar environment and situations (kayaking) forced the class out of our comfort zones in a good way, allowing us to really utilize the material, feedback, and grow as a cohesive team. Not only did I learn a ton of information and new skills, I also feel like I'm walking away with lifelong friends and a stronger network!”

"This is an excellent program to accelerate one's leadership skills in an unique and fun setting. The level of difficulty of objectives during the expedition was just right. A lot of unpredictable turns during the course which makes this class even more interesting. Best leadership course I have ever taken."

LDE Faculty

Doyle Mike Doyle is the Director for Student Ventures at the Carey Business School's Office of Experiential Learning. He has taught leadership development courses at Carey and at the University of Maryland, and has led adventure-based leadership expeditions throughout the US, Norway, Italy, Belize, Fiji and Jordan. He has also led team performance workshops for multi-national companies and government agencies. He is a certified career coach and holds a Master’s degree in Counselling & Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, and is also certified in Six Sigma Greenbelt, MBTI, EQi and Clifton Strengthsfinder.
Myers Chris Myers is an Assistant Professor and Academic Director of Executive Education at the Carey Business School. His research focuses on individual learning, leadership development, and innovation in organizations, and at Carey he teaches courses on organizational behavior and leadership. His work has been published in leading academic journals and in various popular media outlets. He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, and before coming to Carey he was a professor at the Harvard Business School and worked as an outdoor education instructor in his home state of North Carolina.

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