Wael Haidar, KSM '12
Interim CEO Mercy Clinics, Des Moines, Iowa
"Coming from very different backgrounds, my teammates and I had complementary skills. Each of us brought something to the table that the others didn’t have, and perspectives that the others hadn’t thought of."
Assuming a new management role at his clinic, physician Wael Haidar found the finance and marketing knowledge he needed to complement his medical degree in the Kellogg Executive MBA Program. But he also discovered a network of people from diverse backgrounds who helped him develop new collaboration, communication and negotiation skills — and the confidence to become a true leader.
I am a physician by training, leading a group of over 500 providers. When I was asked to take on a larger, more administrative role for our clinic, I knew I needed to complement my knowledge of medicine with knowledge of business. The Kellogg Executive MBA Program was the ideal solution — a top-ranked business school that could give me the business and leadership skills I needed without interrupting my career path.
As I researched which school to attend, Kellogg stood out among other top-ranked programs as offering a truly unique experience. When I went to Evanston for an onsite visit, I was impressed with the faculty and how approachable they were, and how the program was structured around small teams of students. When I started at Kellogg, I became part of a team that stayed together for the entire two years — and developed into a network I continue to rely on.
Coming from very different backgrounds, my teammates and I had complementary skills. Each of us brought something to the table that the others didn’t have, and perspectives that the others hadn’t thought of. For me, learning and working with executives from different industries made me a better leader.
I am sometimes asked why I didn’t get a masters in hospital administration rather than a Kellogg MBA. Many industries — medical clinics included — think they are unique, with their own specialized challenges. But Kellogg gave me the opportunity to work with teammates from different sectors, positions and cultures, and showed me that there are many similarities that span industries. Today, as interim CEO of my clinic, I have followed the Kellogg model in setting up our teams to provide the same kind of diverse views.
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