am a student at the University
of Central Florida and am currently
enrolled in the Lead Scholars
Program. This program provides
us with the skills we will need
to become effective leaders
in our future society. In conjunction
with the skills we learn in
the program, we have to give
a presentation on a topic of
our choice that will benefit
the leaders of tomorrow. I chose
global leadership. I feel that
the countries of the world are
growing increasingly interdependent
upon one another as each day
passes. Our economies are merging,
our businesses are working together,
so it is only logical to conclude
that one day the people of the
world will be required to function
on a more intense international
level than has been required
of them in the past.
this in mind, I would love to
use a quote from you stating
why you think global leadership
is essential to the future of
the world. You can also tell
me a little about what your
business does to aid in the
growth of the presence of global
leadership skills in our society.
think that your topic is an
interesting one and I hope that
your presentation was a success.
One thing to be cautious of
in terms of global leaders is
making each leader into the
same person. For instance, if
we have to grow to being more
alike in an effort to understand
each other, we lose our strength,
which often lies in our differences
not in our similarities.
other fear is that global will
soon mean "American," therefore,
what will be lost is anything
that doesn't follow a white,
hierarchical, capitalistic norm.
I think we are already heading
in this direction, so I think
that we can't entirely combat
it, but we can attempt to circumvent
it in an effort to ensure that
other cultures are as valued
as white, American cultures.
So we can value things even
if they don't look like or think
like Americans do.
do see that one of the strengths
of globalization is that while
America used to be the place
that everyone wanted to come
to, now everyone wants to experience
the rest of the world, too.
Let's just hope that experience
doesn't mean exploit.