Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a seminar on leadership, which was led by John Allison, Distinguished Professor of Practice in the School of Business and former CEO of BB&T Corporation. While he was teaching a leadership class to staff members, he also instructs our business students. Which is a pretty remarkable thing – a former CEO of a major financial institution is in residence here and serving as a faculty member and mentor to young minds.
John Allison’s profile is available online, and having sat in the class, I can vouch for him being an impressive person. But one of the things that impressed me the most was his philosophy on leading. He told us some of the beliefs that best served him in his career:
With as much recent news of business failures and unethical behavior, it was so refreshing to hear a former CEO-turned-faculty-member discuss principled leadership, values and ethics. For those of you with business students, make sure your students take advantage of opportunities to hear John Allison. There is much to be learned from this leader.
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