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Qualities of Leadership

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In this presentation, 10 qualities of leadership are provided. The 10 Qualities stem from the experience of the presenter validated by the readings of several contemporary books and quotations of historical figures. The sources of the validation are partly from business writers (i.e., Jim Collins), historical icons (Winston Churchill) and others that may seem as humorous outliers at first (i.e., a work of fiction). It is hopeful that a lively discussion will ensue at the conclusion of the presentation to offer the opportunity to offer critical observations, added experiences, and opportunities to enhance everyone’s leadership abilities.


John R. English is Dean of the College of Engineering and holder of the Irma F. and Raymond F. Giffels Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He received his BSEE degree and MS degree in operations research from the University of Arkansas and his PhD in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University. He has served on the faculties of Texas A&M University and Kansas State University and the University of Arkansas. English served as head of the U of A Department of Industrial Engineering from 2000 to 2007. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas as dean in 2013, he served as dean and the LeRoy C. and Aileen H. Paslay Chair of the Kansas State College of Engineering. Dr. English is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). He has served as editor for IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, as a Board of Trustee member for IIE, a member and the chair of the board of directors for the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, a juror for the NCEES Engineering Awards for Connecting Professional Practice and Education, and scores of other international positions. He has actively published in the areas of quality, reliability and logistics.