Episode #57: Mike Steidel Learn | Lead | Launch

This episode comes from our breakfast series. Our speaker this month was Director of Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University, Mike Steidel. Mike’s lesson was called “Learn, Launch, Lead”. It was one of the best lessons I’ve heard on leadership in a while.

Mike’s professional bio is in the show notes below. I’ve also interviewed Mike in the past for my podcast. You can listen to those interviews here:

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Connect with Mike:

E-mail: ms44@andrew.cmu.edu

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-steidel/38/2a7/994/en

Mike’s Bio:

Mike began his admissions career as a tour guide in 1974. Today he is the director of admissions at Carnegie Mellon where he also received a B.S. in Chemistry and Administration and Management Science.

Currently Mike is a member of the Overseas Association of College Admission Counselors (PACAC) strategic planning committee and was recently elected to a three year term on the board of the Common Application. In 1994 he became president of the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School and College Admission Counselors (PASSCAC) after his accomplishments as membership chair for 4 years. He’s served on the European Council of International Schools (ECIS)Committee for Europe, Middle East, and Africa and as chair of the ECIS Americas Committee. Mike has been a member at large of Educational Technology Services (ETS) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Policy Council, and acted as co-chair of the National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) National Task Force on Technology in Admission and Counseling for three years.

In addition to presenting frequently at PACAC, NACAC, College Board, ECIS, CIS and CASE conferences, Mike continues to serve on numerous university committees. He regularly serves as a reader for the ETS College Scholarship Service and as a consultant for college and university admission operations.

He is a international traveler and a whitewater rafting enthusiast


“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that iswhy I succeed.” Michael Jordan

Learn: Leadership doesn’t Just Happen, You _________________ __________ ___________________

Elements of Leadership Preparation

1.)     ____________________________________

2.)     ___________________________________

3.)     __________________________________________________

4.)     _______________________________________

Launch: Success is where ____________________   and ___________________________ meet

1.)     _________________________

2.)     _________________________

3.)     _________________________

4.)     _________________________

5.)     _________________________

Lead: What will your _________________________ be?

Keys to Successful Leadership:

1.)     Effective Leaders develop an _______________

2.)     Effective leaders give away ________________________ and __________________________, but hold tightly to the _______________.

3.)     Effective leaders are ____________________, __________________, __________________, _____________________

4.)     Leadership without _________________________ is an accident that will eventually happen

5.)     Effective leaders live the ___________________ ____________________________

a.      _____________________  ____________________ _________________________

Answers: (learn to lead, experience, failure, challenge and testing, mentorship, preparation ,opportunity, character, chemistry, competence, culture, calling, impact, inner circle, power, responsibility, connected, submitted, accessible, transparent, accountability, improvement cycle, planning, execution, assessment)

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