Leadership Expeditions are a chance to practice, rather than just talk about, real leadership.

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.

Patagonia: A Johnson Leadership Expedition

Test your leadership skills and break through your boundaries in the unpredictable, challenging, and dynamic wilderness environment of Chilean Patagonia. Johnson partners with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for this 10-day intensive expedition. NOLS is a renowned leadership training institute that has worked with the military, NASA astronauts, Google executives, and other groups around the world.

Johnson Leadership Expedition to USMC Quantico

Enhance your skills to successfully navigate and perform in ambiguous, chaotic, and extremely time-sensitive situations during a rigorous leadership training at the United States Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Navigating the team from one island to another with a compass and map in hand forced me to lean on others and make decisions under uncertainty.

– Venus Yam, MBA ’16

It comes back to the focus. When you're really uncomfortable, can you get the job done? Can you listen to your leader, can you pay attention to your teammates, can you focus on the goal? In extreme situations, how do you perform?

– Bryson Saez, MBA ’14

Clint Cherco

We were going over a mountain pass through deep snow and unexpected blizzard-like conditions. It was a long and grueling day. If any of us had known what we were going to get into, we would have all said, ‘There’s no way we can do that.’ But sharing a common goal and knowing we were going to succeed or fail together helped us to persevere.

– Clint Cherco, MBA ’13

Nora Hansanugrum

The removal of distractions and the simplification of being immersed in the wilderness made it easier to identify aspects of my leadership that need further development, as well as to find the salient strengths I already possess.

–Nora Hansanugrum, MBA ’13

Because I was successful in dealing with several unexpected challenges, I feel like I'm more prepared for future unknowns. I have confidence now that I can achieve more than I might initially think.

–Stephen Markgraf, CQEMBA ‘13

Jamie Hunt, MBA ’13

A NOLS expedition provides a unique opportunity to fail, to give and receive face-to-face feedback, and to reflect.

–Jamie Hunt, MBA ’13 and NOLS instructor