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The Atlantic
5 min read
Leadership & Mentoring

How Princeton Is Trying to Get More Women to Be Student Leaders

In the fall of 2009, there were nine candidates for president of Princeton’s freshman class. All nine were white men. Concerned by this fact, a group of Princeton faculty and administrators began gathering data about gender diversity on campus. They found that, over the past 29 years, Princeton had only six female chairs of the honor committee, nine female editors-in-chief of the college newspaper, and four female student-body presidents. And so the university did what all universities do when faced with a pressing problem: It formed a committee. The Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women’s
Ad Age
3 min read
Leadership & Mentoring

You Are Not Your Customer

Most business books will tell you that the secret to success is grounded in becoming a customer of your own products and services. Put yourself in customers' shoes to see how they interact with your product and what the overall experience feels like. The main idea is that being a good customer will make you a good leader. That idea is wrong. All too often, leaders think that their personal experiences with their brand are accurate reflections of all customers' experiences with their brand. They make decisions based on what would personally make them happier, and focus on details of the experie
Mic
3 min read
Leadership & Mentoring

Leslie Miley: Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Is Not — and Never Was — a Leader

There's a petition circulating at Uber to bring back former CEO Travis Kalanick. For those supporting his return to the ridesharing company, I have a small piece of advice: Take your heads out of your collective asses. Kalanick is not and was never a leader. I won’t bore you with what I believe leadership is, but I will submit that creating a company and culture that has allowed, enabled and encouraged potentially illegal, immoral and unethical behavior for several years is not leadership. I would also invite you to reflect upon how people who thrived in this environment were rewarded and pro