During last week's class, guest speaker Leigh Morgan talked about her personal experience in the world of business leadership. She moved a lot as a kid, settling into a variety of different cultures to get a little bit more comfortable. She shows a competitive character, proven while she played basketball at Duke University despite her lack of height. She was an activist, taking part in the nonprofit sector. She also worked at Genentech and is now the Associate Chancellor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Throughout her life, there have been at least three people who have inspired her. One of them is Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH. She is currently the boss of Leigh, and she is one of the very few women in biotech who rose to the top. Currently the president of Genentech, she is very thoughtful and clear about what matters to her, and she is very authentic when it comes to her aspirations. This is important for Leigh because it helped her to develop the competitive drive that helped her to succeed and become who she is now.
Another inspiration of Leigh, Hal Barren, on the other hand, is a different type of character than Susan. He shows intimate focus on doing what is right by patience. Furthermore, he is one of the more goofy and funny types of people. He was a fun character for Leigh to talk to and follow. In addition to that, he also took Susan's job. Therefore he got the best of both worlds: character and wealth.
The third person who inspired Leigh in her life was Barbara Lee, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She was fierce and showed humility. Those were two highly important characteristics that Leigh has developed throughout her life. Being fierce helped her thrive on the basketball court, whereas humility allowed her to listen to her heart more, which brought her out of tension in her life a little bit. Barbara Lee had the ridiculous amount of courage to continue and be persistent on her journey, whether it be going to the Gulf War for nothing. She became the President of Rwanda, and refused to let anything hold her back in her life.
Inspirational people like the ones mentioned above have shown that "inspiring a shared vision" has helped them to become great. By inspiring Leigh to become the person she has become today, these leaders have accomplished amazing things, pertaining to their characteristics. In today's world, people respect leaders who lead, rather than those who manage. If anyone works for their own cause, then other people will not see the impact of their influence, and as a result, no one will return the favor. One cannot simply get projects done alone, and one should be willing to describe the influence they have strived toward in their lives so that other people can see it, and so that they can become better leaders as well. One does not become a leader without followers. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Hal Barren, and Barbara Lee all had followers who were inspired, and that is how the...