Sarah Schilling

Sarah Schilling, Germany
Full-Time MBA Class of 2021

Academic Roles, Achievements and Activities

Course Representative and member of the Student Council during my undergrad degree, developed a new scholarship “From Students for Students”. Won a full scholarship for my undergrad studies and the Forté scholarship for the MBA at ESADE.

What is invisible but essential about YOU?

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

This quote of Michael Jordan represents one of the core values of ESADE and a very important one for me: team spirit. Compared to other Business Schools that I had looked at in the process of deciding where to start an MBA, ESADE embodies an outstanding team spirit. Classes are not just formed, they are united in a way that establishes lasting bonds and an incredible, supportive network among all Alumni.

The reason why this is so important is obvious: people are stronger together and superior results can be achieved if you have a diverse team bringing in multiple perspectives and opinions. I was lucky to benefit from a strong team various times, especially in sports. To give some examples: a strong team spirit made us win the German championships, succeed in international competitions and even made us part of the Olympic selection in 2012.

Hence, I have focused on forming a strong team spirit in my environment as the basis for success. For instance, as a Team Leader for Business Development in the field of import and export I made it my mission to improve my colleague’s motivation and thus our work success by bringing the people in my department closer together and finding common grounds. Therefore, I founded a Team Spirit Committee which organized frequent afterwork events, team building events and offered basic Presentation Skills and Microsoft Office training sessions. Within the first months, one could already see great improvements in motivation and mutual understanding: people offering helping hands, organizing birthday gifts and joking together. The communication became more open and after half a year, we started to see improvements in sales and efficiency. By the time I departed for my MBA two years later, our department had truly earned the term “team”.

Outside of work, I promoted teamwork as the team captain of a second league sports team, as a student tutor and as a speaker of my course during my undergrad studies for three years. I look forward to continuing this path at ESADE with all my energy and heart.

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