In that class, students use tools and tests to gather in-depth assessments of their personal psyches, course professor Roger Conway says. Conway, previously of the Center for Creative Leadership, a global executive education organization, then coaches students individually to channel their strengths into leading abilities.
"You have to really understand what your gifts are and how to leverage your gifts in such a way that you can derive results from other people," he says.
Engaging courses like these ultimately help students to work dynamically with others, some professors say.
"You can have the best spreadsheet in the world, but unless you can get others to work with it as a leader, that plan isn't going to go anywhere," says U.Va. instructor Lynn Isabella. "Those financials aren't going to leap off the page and bring themselves to life."