One of the main reasons to choose Ross was the school's excellence in leadership education. I am one of those people who actually buy these modern ideas that traditional management is dead and that we live in the Age of Leadership. I knew Michigan was going to be an exciting place for learning how to lead, but only when I experienced it first hand I could fell how wonderful it is to be part of this community.
The Leadership Crisis Challenge is a competition that happens every year at the beginning of the Winter Term. You and your team-mates are put in the shoes of business execs (mid-level, where you are very likely to end up following your MBA) who have to deal with a crisis affecting the company.
The competition follows several rounds, including drawing up initial solution to the crisis, arguing it before the company's Board of Directors, making a statement which is recorded on video, and (for those who reach the final) a press-conference with real journalists from leading US media outlets!
The combination between working on a case, role playing, presenting before a Board on which the members are played by leading Ross faculty and second-year MBA's, and the final round with real professionals "grilling" the best teams is a truly "Ross experience".
Even though my team did not make it to the final round, I was very happy with the competition. One piece of advice for anyone who would be interested to participate next year is - pick your team carefully, it'll repay!