"Surround yourself with good people; surround yourself with positivity and people who are going to challenge you to make you better."
With 40 to 80 hour work weeks, countless business trips, responsibilities with kids, maintaining a marriage, and staying fit, many mid-to-senior level managers are overwhelmed as is, and the mere thought of taking on extra responsibilities can seem like a burden in itself.
Although going back to school can seem like a hassle, once students start the Executive Master of Leadership (EML) program, they find immense value. By working on themselves, investing in others, and integrating new perspectives, they become invaluable assets to their organization.
Throughout history humans have always paid homage to our leaders, from hieroglyphs giving reverence to ancient Egyptian pharaohs to holidays honoring US presidents. This is for good reason; without leaders we’d be lost when adapting to change, creating innovations, and effectively settling disputes. As the tides of culture and technology rapidly shift in the 21st century, leadership skills are now more sought after than ever.
My name is Stone James, and currently I am a Director of Economic Development for the City of Cathedral City. I am also a doctoral student with USC's Doctor of Policy, Planning and Development class, and I've had the honor of being part of EML Cohort 12. This is my experience.