Leadership Through the Humanities: Professional Perspectives
One common way that humanities programs make the case for their importance is by pointing to the work they do to equip students with key skills, such as critical thinking, textual and visual analysis, and cultural competence, which will help them to succeed in a variety of careers after graduation. But how exactly does careful study of the humanities translate into better leadership practices? How transferable are the skills, habits, and wisdom gained from a humanities education to life in non-academic sectors? In this panel discussion, professionals from intelligence, medicine, and the civic sector will share their personal perspectives on how their humanities educations have informed and shaped their professional leadership journeys. They will discuss specific humanities artifacts – works of literature, art, songs, performances – that have had a significance impact on the way they have approached their leadership work in professional and personal contexts.
Their stories and conversation promise to be enlightening to:
- Humanities undergraduate and graduate students, who will not only learn new ways to think and speak about their training, but may also imagine new possibilities for their future paths
- Humanities faculty, who will be inspired to reimagine and redesign their work in the classroom as leadership trainers
- Anyone who wishes to reflect more on the vitality of the humanities for the leadership development of everyone.