FOUR QUALITIES FOR CLARITY AND PERSPECTIVE
During Bluffton University’s Jan. 23 Presidential Leadership Forum, “See Your Way Clear: Leading Through Chaos,” Bethny Ricks ’06, a business executive, author and Bluffton trustee, shared five leadership qualities and two traps to avoid as an effective and empathetic person.
She began the presentation with a few encouraging words to the mostly student audience in Yoder Recital Hall.
“I see all of you as leaders because leadership doesn’t have anything to do with a title. It has to do with influence and the ability to move something from Point A to Point B and create momentum behind it,” Ricks explained. “All of you sitting there thinking you are not a leader; in some way you are—personally and in your future profession.”
Ricks then reflected on a question she was asked as a 29-year-old vice president during a panel discussion with executive women.
“How do you stand firm in chaos, and how do you maintain momentum under pressure?”