Dean of University of Virginia’s School of Leadership and Public Policy Speaks at Luncheon

Dean of University of Virginia’s School of Leadership and Public Policy Speaks at Luncheon

Harry Harding, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy at the University of VirginiaOn June 27, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce held its third Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center.  The speaker was Harry Harding, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

More than 200 business and community leaders were in attendance to hear Dean Harding discuss leadership and what traits one must possess in order to be an effective leader.   

Dean Harding made it clear that the saying, “Leaders are born, not made,” is actually false.  “Leadership can be learned and taught,” he said.  He went on to explain that in order to be a leader, one must first understand what defines leadership.  Harding believes that leadership is multi-dimensional, relational and highly contextual.  “In order to be a successful leader, one must be analytical, optimistic and ethical,” explained Harding.  “Leadership is relational.”  Dean Harding ended by saying that what makes a leader is always changing.  “Leadership is complicated and getting more so,” he said.

Linda Tedesco, Branch Manager at Southern Bank, won two tickets on Southwest Airlines. 

(from left) Jack Hornbeck, President and CEO of the Chamber; Jane Batten; Harry Harding, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy at the University of Virginia; Deborah Stearns, Chamber ChairThe next luncheon in the series will be held on September 21, featuring speaker Sally Bedell Smith, award winning author of “Elizabeth the Queen: Life of a Modern Monarch.”   

Thank you to sponsors: Tami Aloisa- Wealth Management Advisor -Merrill Lynch; Freedom Ford; Fulton Bank; Long Jewelers on the Boulevard; MANCON; Towne Bank; and WTKR NewsChannel 3.

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