7 college presidents on “the worst leadership advice I ever received”


Upon reflection, bad advice can be pretty helpful

eCampus News asked a handful of college presidents: What is the worst leadership advice you’ve ever received? Here’s what they had to say.

“If anything, that great leaders are ‘born, not made’—as if one can’t learn or improve leadership skills.”
—Michael V. Drake, MD, president, The Ohio State University

“Work harder.”
—Michael J. Smith, president, Berkeley College, New York and New Jersey

“I wouldn’t consider it bad advice, but more lessons
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