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The Nature of Leadership: Reptiles, Mammals, and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader

Recording Date: February 28, 2007
Price: Free

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B. Joseph White, president of the University of Illinois, has gotten to know a number of notable leaders—Steve Jobs, Madeleine Albright, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to name a few.

In this Webcast, Dr. White shares some of what he has learned about the blend of capabilities it takes to lead successfully—and the secrets to truly great leadership.

What’s more, he provides expert pointers to help aspiring leaders prime themselves for the quest. During the hour-long program, Dr. White weaves lively stories from his own leadership journey and explain his clever analogy from the animal kingdom that defines the universal nature of leadership.

What You Will Learn

Take an hour out of your busy day for this Webcast where you can discover a number of simple steps you can take now to improve your leadership skills.

About the Presenters

B. Joseph White is president of the University of Illinois. He was previously interim president of the University of Michigan and dean of its top-ranked business school for ten years. He has been a business executive and served as director or trustee of numerous large companies and several health-care organizations. He is based in Urbana, Illinois, and is the author of THE NATURE OF LEADERSHIP: Reptiles, Mammals, and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader (AMACOM, hardcover).

Yaron Prywes is an organizational consultant with GHL Global Consulting, LLC, and a candidate for a Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology at Columbia University.

Learn the steps you can take now to enhance your leadership skills and put yourself on the road to career growth!


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