Nisha Nanaware-Kharade, M.S. (Pharm.), is the current chairperson of the AAPS University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences student chapter.
As I transition to the final year of my Ph.D. program, I’ve learned that most graduate programs provide an excellent platform for students to develop scientific and technical skills, but very few are geared towards nurturing future leaders. Yet, complex leadership and management concepts and terminologies are casually tossed around the students. In a graduate school environment, relating to these concepts and terms can be, at times, overwhelming. For the majority of students, opportunities to build upon their innate leadership skills are limited to guiding fellow students, organizing local social events or seminars, etc. This is not to say that such opportunities to display one’s leadership skills are insignificant. However, one can’t help but wonder whether these few occasions really offer meaningful training to be a successful leader. Continue reading