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One of the standout speakers from the Simmons Leadership Conference this year was Meg Whitman. I was impressed by the candor with which she shared her takeaways from her unsuccessful political campaign and the leadership lessons that she has learned. Here are a few that really resonated for me:

  • There are many ways to be a great leader. What they all have in common is that you have to be true to yourself and your values.

  • It's all about the team, so you need to get the right people in the right jobs at the right time.

  • You have to focus and do a small number of things really well.

  • The price of inaction is far greater than the price of a mistake.

Sessions like this one always inspire me to examine my own leadership journey and think about how I can be a more effective leader. If you are also interested in building your leadership capacity, I encourage you to join us for Strategic Leadership for Women this September. More information on this transformational leadership development program can be found here.

The Leadership Conference also marks the release of new research; this year's report is on the effectiveness of women's networking groups. If your organization has a women's network, I urge you to get involved, and to share this information to help the network fulfill its potential for helping women in the organization.

I welcome your feedback! If you have topics you would like us to include in our next newsletter, or other suggestions to make our communications more useful for you, please email me directly at


Elisa van Dam
Director, Executive Education Simmons School of Management

P.S. Mark your calendars now for next year’s Leadership Conference: April 2, 2013 in Boston.


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