Mountain of Media Coverage
Climbing Mount Everest is no small feat. When it happens, the world takes notice. Especially if you are one of the only business professors to ever tackle it. And when you're a business professor who teaches leadership at one of the top business schools in the world, even more so.
Case in point: Scott DeRue: U-M Ross Professor of Management and Organizations, director of the Ross Leadership Initiative, key faculty member for several of Ross’ Executive Education programs, and one of the few people on the planet to successfully reach the top of the world's tallest mountain. He and a team of climbers reached the summit on May 18, 2013.
That's impressive, but how does it relate to business school, one may ask? In more ways than one might think. First, DeRue is known for leadership education. He plans to take the real-life lessons he learned on the mountain and incorporate them into relevant examples for students and executives.
Secondly, a portion of the Ross leadership curriculum includes an Everest simulation. What better person to study under than someone who achieved the real climb personally?
His achievement is starting to build a small mountain of media coverage - and we're rooting him on. See below for recent articles and clips about DeRue's Everest experience and let us know, would you ever be able to make the climb? What do you think it would teach you about leadership?
Harvard Business Review: Leading Teams When Lives Are at Stake
Businessweek: Business School Lessons from the Top of the World
Poets & Quants: A B-School Prof Climbs Mount Everest
Michigan Radio: University of Michigan Teacher Climbs Mount Everest