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Saturday, October 28 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Good Leaders

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What qualities constitute a good leader? Are leaders born or made? In Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, historian, Harvard Business School professor, and frequent television commentator Nancy Koehn looks at five wildly different leaders: Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Shackleton, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Rachel Carson. One of the things they have in common? The ability to inspire others to do good. Entrepreneur and CEO of The Cue Ball Group, Tony Tjan draws on his own experience as well as on interviews with almost one hundred executives, innovators, artists, academics, and teachers to determine what’s important in leadership. His conclusion, for leaders and the people they choose to work with, is goodness itself. In Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters, Tjan argues that competence is necessary but not sufficient; values and character matter just as much, if not more. Anthony Brooks, senior political reporter at WBUR, will moderate. Join the discussion in this timely session on leadership.

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Anthony Brooks

Anthony Brooks’s voice is familiar to legions of Bostonians as a deliverer of news and commentary on the airwaves of WBUR and NPR for over thirty years. He has cohosted Radio Boston, served as a political correspondent for campaigns from the Al Gore presidential campaign of 2000 to the 2016 presidential election, and as a Boston-based correspondent for NPR. His work has earned him many awards, including the 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Award for best radio feature for his documentary piece... Read More →

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Nancy Koehn

Nancy Koehn is an expert in business leadership and administration past and present, and she spreads that expertise through her writing and teaching. She is currently the James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, often contributes to American Experience and other television programs, and writes for the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, and the Washington Post, among others. She is the author of The Story of American Business: From the Pages of the New York Times (2009); Ernest Shackleton... Read More →
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Anthony Tjan

Anthony Tjan is an industry leader and experienced entrepreneur in Internet media. He was the youngest person to become a senior partner at the Parthenon Group and served as vice chairman at that company for fifteen years, all while working as a consultant to other companies. In 1996 he founded his own Internet services company, ZEFER, and later served as an advisor at Thomson Reuters. His venture capital company, Cue Ball, was founded in 2007. He is now the CEO and managing partner. As an author, Tjan has lent his years of expertise to writing about leadership and entrepreneurial culture. His first book, Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck (2012), written with Richard J. Harrington and Tsun-Yan Hsieh, defines the qualities needed for successful entrepreneurs and was a bestseller. His newest book is Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters, which makes the argument that kindness is key to success in leadership and... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA