Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lesson Learnt...

Yesterday, I had a great guest speaker come into my classes.  Ken Widmaier (Vice President & Managing Director) of Destination Hotels and Resorts.  One of the best parts of his talks was his notion that the word management is in essence a misnomer.  He discussed with the students how the word management was really a relic and how leadership should really be the term used.   This contention in my opinion is absolutely spot on!  Most of us can be managers but few of us can be leaders.

Leadership is a vastly underrated concept in our culture.  So few people have the abilities to be true leaders.  His talk reminded me yesterday why I want to be a professor.  It is not because I want to teach nuts and bolts but rather because I want to be part of developing our next generation of leaders.  So to you Ken, I extend my thanks for your time, your energy and for the kind reminder of what higher education should really be about.


P.S. I would also like to thank Frank Fredericks of Wild Dunes Resort for setting this up.  I truly appreciate his support.

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