Leadership—the Loyola way.

Dean's Reflections

Considering our Professional MBA alumna Laurie McDonald’s thoughts on the MBA program got me thinking about leadership and its components. Confidence is key—as is a global outlook and the ability to work in teams.

But there are also several other underlying principles, inspired by our Jesuit heritage, that lead to the effective leadership that we value at Loyola. Rev. James Connor, S.J., professor of theology and a member of the Sellinger School Board of Sponsors, explored the concept of what makes Loyola—and in particular, the Sellinger School—unique in how we teach leadership. I found his presentation compelling, and I wanted to share it with you.  Take a moment to read it. I know many of my Jesuit school counterparts will find that Fr. Connor does an excellent job of summing up the impact a values-centered curriculum has on the development of leadership skills. 

Speaking of men and women for others, I’d like to congratulate those faculty, students, administrators, and alumni at the Sellinger School and Loyola who have been working with the York Road Partnership to lead the launch of the inaugural Govanstowne Farmers’ Market—a project developed under the University’s initiative to revitalize the York Road corridor. The market will open on July 20, from 3 – 7 p.m., and will also be held July 27, Aug. 3, and Aug. 10. The market aims to give local community members access to fresh, local produce, as well as provide data to support the need for a new grocery store in the community. I urge you to attend to support one of the University’s major initiatives to improve the Govans community for residents and businesses.

To connect with me on this or any other topic, please feel free to email me at sellingerdean@loyola.edu.

Additionally, the summer reading list from our June edition was very well-received. I’d like to thank those of you who shared some of your own recommended readings with me; here are a few more suggested summer reads from some of my colleagues and friends:

From Harsha Desai, Ph.D., professor of management at the Sellinger School of Business and Management

Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way above Average by Joseph T. Hallinan

Using real-life stories, this book delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more to explain why we make mistakes.

RUSH: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race by Todd Buchholz

A former White House director of economic policy argues that people don’t really want to relax; they want to compete.

From Eddie Burchell, vice president of regional partnerships and sales, Baltimore Ravens:

Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk by Ben Carson, M.D.

Carson, one of the world’s top pediatric neurosurgeons, has a lot of experience weighing risk, and shares stories focusing on best- and worst-case analysis and whether one should take the risk or play it safe.

Poorer Richard's America: What would Ben Say? by Tom Blair and Tom Brokaw

Using the style and excerpts from Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack, which provided sage advice and commentary on 18th century America, Blair, a modern businessman, reflects on American’s ballooning national and personal debt and on what America has become.

From Angelo Pirozzi, partner, Charles A. Barragato & Co. LLP:

The Trophy Kids Grow Up by Ron Alsop

Alsop, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explores the emergence of the 80-million-strong millennial generation, or Generation Y—those people born between 1980 and 2001—into the workforce and the resulting ramifications in this insightful and in-depth look at this population.