Stanford University - Center for Leadership Development and Research
At Stanford Graduate School of Business, we believe that learning to be a leader is like learning to be a great athlete, musician, or artist. It's a capability that develops over time, through trial and error, hard work, and practice. Leadership is learned by doing, not simply by taking notes in a classroom. However, as any great athlete, musician, or artist can attest, understanding fundamental principles–coupled with practice–can make a huge difference in improving performance.
Created and launched in 2003, the Center for Leadership Development and Research (CLDR) promotes learning and scholarship in the area of organizational leadership. The CLDR is based on the premise that although management can be taught in the classroom, leadership is something that is learned best through experience--especially when experiences are shared with others who are willing and able to support the learning process.