• Leadership in the Classroom

    The Darden case method is a prime example of how leadership is infused into everything that we do. When you read and discuss a case, you are put into the shoes of a business leader in a concrete situation and asked to make a decision — often times with incomplete information. Your learning team will give you the opportunity to test out your ideas and work collaboratively in a small group setting. When you get to class and participate in large discussions, you will develop strong communication skills as you learn to explain your reasoning and persuade and inspire others.

    Additionally, as part of Darden’s core courses, you will take Leading Organizations during the First Year and have numerous options to take leadership electives during the Second Year.

    Leadership Courses

    Leadership Outside of the Classroom

    In addition to formal leadership opportunities in Darden student clubs, there are several ways to practice and develop your leadership skills in a variety of roles throughout the year:

    • Community Consultants of Darden (CCoD) — CCoD provides consulting services to businesses in the Charlottesville community. You can serve as a member of the leadership team in your Second Year or lead a project team on a consulting project during your First Year.
    • Darden Student Association (DSA) — Serve as a member or leader of the DSA to represent student opinions through a close relationship with faculty, staff and administration.
    • Student Clubs — There are several formal leadership roles available in more than 40 official clubs and organizations including major event and conference organizer roles.
    • Second Year Career Coaches — As part of a Second Year elective, serve as a career coach for several First Year students going through the job search process for their summer internships.
    • Darden Second Year Peers — Serve as a mentor and coach for a First Year student as he or she navigates through the First Year at Darden.
    • Dean’s Long-Range Advisory Committee (DLRAC) — As a member of DLRAC, you will have the opportunity to act as an advisor to the leadership of the School.
    • Leadership Development Initiative — Leadership Development Initiative is a student-led initiative looking into the introspective aspects of leadership.

    *The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.