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The Life of Leading Greatly  
May 2011
  


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Keep Your Aspirations Alive: Leading Greatly, Your Aspirations and Liberal Arts

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   Keep Your Aspirations Alive:


Leading Greatly, Your Aspirations and Liberal Arts

Michael Shenkman

I was recently honored by my alma mater, Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA, 1968), as the Metzger-Conway Fellow.  The award is presented annually to a Dickinson alum by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

As part of this honor I addressed a gathering of faculty, administrators and students about the Arch of Leadership program and the work of leader mentoring.  In the course of this address I recounted the program's history, motivation and intention. I also offered my thoughts on the state of leading in our world today—which will be the subject of a longer piece in a Leader Pathways to follow.

As I thought about what to say to young people who are moving out into the work world, I realized that the core of all our mentoring is our dedication to the aspirations of our clients and mentees. I also wanted to validate the importance of a liberal arts education to these students who will be competing with people who have technical and/or business degrees.  I know the value a liberal arts education had for me.

Toward the end of the presentation, a student asked a question on that very subject:  she asked whether, at least initially, a liberal arts degree puts the new employee at a disadvantage when compared to those who have more concentrated schooling in certain technical or business disciplines.  While acknowledging the truth of her observation, I stated that the liberal arts teach one how to do the work entailed by aspiration. This work is most valuable when it comes to leading in order to envision, value and realize more expansive and encompassing possibilities in the human endeavor.

The video goes for about an hour.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee.  Sit back.  
I hope you enjoy it.

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