Quought for the Day #14 – Dr. Barry Posner

Dr. Barry Posner is one of my favorite authors on Leadership. I have thoroughly enjoyed the classic “The Leadership Challenge” by Barry Posner and Jim Kouzes. Their recent book “The Leader’s Legacy” was a treat. I was able to complete the book in one sitting but I am sure it will be on my table for the next few years. Being in Silicon Valley has its own perks. I got to meet Barry a few times and I am looking forward to more interactions in 2007.

Barry Z. Posner is the Dean of the Leavey School of Business and Professor of Leadership.  He assumed the Dean’s position in 1997, after having served previously as Managing Partner of the Executive Development Center, and Associate Dean, Graduate Programs.

Dr. Posner is an internationally renowned scholar in the area of leadership, as the co-author of seven books in this area, including the award winning and best-selling The Leadership Challenge.  He has published over 80 articles in both academic and practitioner-oriented journals and publications, and currently serves as Section Editor for the Journal of Management, and on the editorial review board of the Journal of Business Ethics.  Dr. Posner has consulted with organizations around the globe, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the San Jose Repertory Theatre.

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Barry’s Quought for the Day

“What will be your legacy?”

Notes on the same topic from their latest book “The Leader’s Legacy”:
Are you on this planet to do something, or are you herejust for something to do? If you’re on this planet to do something, then what is it? What difference will you make? What will be your legacy?

We pose these questions to first-year students in our leadership classes at Santa Clara University. It’s pretty heady stuff for eighteen-year-olds barely three months out of high school. Most adults haven’t thought seriously enough about these questions. We don’t expect our students to have ready responses. We just believe that they ought to be thinking about what their legacies will be – not only as they begin their college careers but throughout all the days of their lives.

Related links:
1. Book: The Leadership Challenge
2. Book: The Leader’s Legacy
3. The Leadership Challenge Website
4. More about Dr. Barry Posner

Quought = Question that provokes thought. Questions are important. Thinking is important. Questions that make you think are very important!

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