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The Question


You've been asked to give a commencement speech to this year's graduates about their role as future leaders. Give us the two or three key paragraphs from your address.

Posted by On Leadership  on May 9, 2011 4:38 PM
Views from the Panel

[Your words of wisdom for graduates go here]

What do you think is the best piece of advice? Add your thoughts here, and see what others are saying.

Posted by On Leadership on May 10, 2011 6:52 PM

Mind your reputation

“One can recover from virtually any error in life except an ethical error...”

Posted by Norm R. Augustine on May 12, 2011 11:11 AM

Interview people you admire

“These interviews will teach you many things, some subtle, some not so subtle. But one thing you will learn is that...”

Posted by Bob Schoultz on May 12, 2011 10:05 AM

Stay out of the clouds

“Sure, you might have been the president of the student body or perhaps amassed an array of impressive resume-boosting ...”

Posted by Coro Fellows on May 12, 2011 10:23 AM

Think hard about where you work after graduation

“When you look for your first job, check the org charts along with the job description—and do this throughout your professional life...”

Posted by Ilene H. Lang on May 12, 2011 10:47 AM

Make your uniqueness visible

“I work with profoundly talented people, some of whom are successful leaders, and some of whom are not. The difference is not in intelligence, education or even...”

Posted by Martin Davidson on May 12, 2011 9:38 AM

Do something—in fact, everything—on purpose

“You will hear today, and maybe for a few days more, how you are the future leaders of America. Or of the world. Or of something...”

Posted by Alan Webber on May 9, 2011 6:15 PM

Help a country that is hungry for its heart

“The grandness and awfulness of this time is your generation’s challenge...”

Posted by Marie Wilson on May 9, 2011 6:15 PM

Do good!

“In one of my favorite short stories by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, an elderly Ivan Ivanovitch, lamenting the banality of life, cries out...”

Posted by Angel Cabrera on May 9, 2011 6:15 PM

Reflect on why you are here

”Adopt the lifelong discipline of remaining in touch with the essence of who you are...”

Posted by Katherine Tyler Scott on May 11, 2011 12:45 PM

Transform your community

“You who are graduating today will be the leaders of this new society. You will transform America to live up to its founding values of...”

Posted by Juana Bordas on May 9, 2011 6:15 PM

Believe in what you have yet to achieve

”Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. That is a lesson that John Wooden...”

Posted by John Baldoni on May 9, 2011 6:15 PM

Care enough to lead

“Leadership begins with a simple choice to care enough to make a difference...”

Posted by George Reed on May 9, 2011 6:15 PM

Commit to ethical thinking and moral action

“As you graduate today remember this: It’s important to let your own standards be your guide...”

Posted by Amy Fraher on May 9, 2011 6:15 PM

Rewire your brain

“You will find that social skills, empathy and nonverbal savvy will become increasingly important to your success as you enter...”

Posted by Carol Kinsey Goman on May 9, 2011 6:15 PM
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