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The Power of Papers

Written assessments prove that Brookings Executive Education produces the results-driven leaders government agencies need.

In papers required for most Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) courses, you describe how you reduce class concepts to practice. These assessments document your return on investment from class models, methods and tools — and the value you create for your agency and the American public.

Past and present MSL students credit the power of papers with improved learning, decision making, and individual and organizational performance.

“Every paper provides an opportunity to step back and reflect on what I learned and how I applied class teachings to our organizational challenges. That process — and the discipline necessary to channel my thoughts and behaviors — helps me achieve the positive outcomes we seek.”

“Wasn’t it Confucius who said: ‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand?’ The quote captures the concept behind the assessments.”

“I approached the assessment-writing process like a real-world leadership laboratory. The process encouraged me to experiment with multiple concepts, approaches and tools in the most-practical setting imaginable: my own agency.” 

“To be honest, I found writing the assessments challenging. But working on the papers deepened my learning and led to some epiphanies in my understanding of my organization, my work and myself. I’m creating a portfolio of my professional successes that will expand my career horizons.”

“The assessments have become an effective way to transfer knowledge in my organization — especially, as we tackle large problems. The summaries help me explain to other staff members why certain changes are being made. It’s useful to have the ‘why’ and ‘how’ already articulated!”

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