Leonard Schlesinger

Leonard Schlesinger

Professor


Harvard Business School

Boston, MA USA


Think about your life as a stream of experiments. Go out there and collect real data, rather than just running a movie in your head.

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Leonard Schlesinger

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and was the son of two Holocaust survivors.
The "script" that was laid out for him was: go to public school, go to a public college, and then teach in the New York City public school system.
Instead of going to a City University of New York, he went off to Brown University, where he had an experimental curriculum.
When he was done with college, the draft for the Vietnam War was open, so he went to graduate school to avoid it.
Applied to law school and business school, chose business school because that's where he got in.
Says his openness to trying different realms of education was "partially stupidity," but it let him step through doors that many others had slammed shut.
Stresses that in today's "gig economy," it's silly to let your job choices paralyze you; instead, it's easier than ever to get out there and try as many things as you can.
Says career-wise, he's happy, but not "fulfilled," and that's a good thing: he says "fulfillment" implies closure, whereas he's ready to embrace whatever comes next.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Brown University
graduate
Graduate
Labor and Industrial Relations
Columbia University in the City of New York
doctorate
Doctorate
Organizational Behavior Studies
Harvard University
Career

Career

Professor

I'm a professor and teach courses in Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Management.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Education
Education
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I help to develop the capabilities of people to build better organizations. I teach a variety of classes, write books, give speeches, and more in service to this goal. I am intrigued by the role of entrepreneurial activity inside large corporations and have focused a lot of my research towards that.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

In business, you have to perpetuate the joy of discovery and learn to not be afraid to try things. Don't focus on the quantity of your network, focus on the quality. Stop paralyzing yourself by the fear of failure and understand that changing your mind and trying new things is okay.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be open to trying different subjects and realms of education. Get out there and try as many things as you can!

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I am happy, but not fulfilled."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation Immigrant