Expeditions Away from Sage
Johnson Leadership Expeditions are a chance to leave Ithaca and dig in, full-time, to your leadership development. Expeditions are designed to give students the opportunity to go through the Johnson leadership learning cycle of instruction, experience, and review multiple times in an intensive, condensed time frame.
On expeditions students can expect to:
- experience ambiguity and adversity;
- be forced to make decisions with incomplete, inconclusive, and/or conflicting information;
- take turns assuming full responsibility for the entire group; and,
- receive real-time feedback and coaching on their leadership efforts.
Expeditions are a chance to practice, rather than just talk about, real leadership.
Recent and Forthcoming Expeditions
In January 2013, a group of Johnson students traveled to Patagonia, Chile, for a 10-day expedition where they tested and enhanced their leadership skills in an unpredictable, challenging, and dynamic wilderness environment. Johnson partnered with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for the ten-day trip. NOLS is a renowned leadership training institute that has worked with the military, NASA astronauts, Google executives, and other groups around the world. The expedition was part of a leadership course taught by Johnson Associate Professor of Management and Organizations Jim Detert and Leadership Programs Director Jerry Rizzo. In April 2013, another group of Johnson students traveled to Quantico, Virginia, to participate in leadership training with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) at their Officer Candidate School.
Forthcoming expeditions include additional expeditions to USMC Quantico, as well as a NOLS expedition to Patagonia in January 2014. Read more about the January 2013 Leadership Expedition to Patagonia in Cornell Enterprise Online and on the NOLS blog. The USMC Quantico Leadership Expedition was also featured in Cornell Enterprise Online.