Leadership Development Expeditions

Learn. Lead. Build for What’s Next.

Develop your leadership skills through faculty-led adventure expeditions.

Through Leadership Development Expeditions, students develop leadership potential while building a deep understanding of what it means to lead. These courses build leadership skills through a combination of rigorous academic inquiry into the nature of leadership, honest self-assessment, and hands-on experiences in challenging environments.

Our approach

Leadership Development Expeditions draw on outdoor experiential education theory and challenge participants to serve as leaders during an adventure expedition. Through the experience and thoughtful reflection, students develop their own concept and practice of leadership.

The course combines a thorough academic introduction to leadership development and opportunity for self-assessment with repeated reflection and feedback to help students develop individualized paths as leaders. The hands-on approach to leadership development, coupled with extensive feedback and coaching, allow students to wholly focus on their growth as a leader.

Who can take Leadership Development Expeditions?

Leadership Development Expeditions courses are offered for Carey Business School students in all degree programs (including students studying in online programs) twice a year - once during the intersession term in January and once during the summer term.

Upcoming expeditions

Leadership Development Expedition Norway Summer 2019 (BU.003.893)
Summer 2020

Studentswill embark on a nine-day trek through Norway’s famous mountains and fjords, traversing glacial fields and ultimately summiting the highest peak in Scandinavia.
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Leadership Development Expedition Belize Winter 2020 (BU.003.893)
January 4-12, 2020

Students will undertake a nine-day kayaking excursion through the pristine coastal waterways of Belize.

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Custom Executive Treks

Are you interested in bringing a Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s leadership development experience to your organization? Leadership Development Expedition Executive Treks are available as custom programs for organizations wishing to develop high potential managers and build a pipeline of strong leaders.



Mike Doyle

Director for Student Ventures

Mike Doyle is the director for student ventures in the Carey Business School Office of Experiential Learning. He has taught leadership development courses at Carey and the University of Maryland, and he has led adventure-based leadership expeditions throughout the U.S., Norway, Italy, Belize, Fiji, and Jordan. Doyle has also led team performance workshops for multinational companies and government agencies. He is a certified career coach and holds a master's degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland and is also certified in Six Sigma Greenbelt, MBTI, EQi and Clifton StrengthsFinder.

Chris Myers

Academic Director, Executive Education

Chris Myers is an assistant professor and academic director of Executive Education at the Carey Business School. His research focuses on individual learning, leadership development, and innovation in organizations, and at Carey he teaches courses on organizational behavior and leadership. He has published in leading academic journals and in various popular media outlets. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan and was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School.

Myers has also worked as an outdoor education instructor in his home state of North Carolina.