President Jealous Speaks at Wharton

President Benjamin Jealous recently spoke to a group of students from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  He spoke about how his career path led him to his current role as president of the NAACP. He emphasized the importance of learning how to be a leader, and how the leadership skills he learned goes hand in hand with organizing:

“As an organizer, one of the things that you learn about leadership is you cannot lead unless you can listen. Your job as an organizer is ultimately to discern not just what the problems are, but what the people believe the problems to be – what they want to change. Leadership without courage is dead. You cannot lead a movement, you cannot lead a corporation (and) you certainly cannot lead a start-up without courage. You’ve got to be able to slow down and listen.”

President Jealous gave the address as part of Wharton’s Leadership Lectures Series, which links students to senior executives who can give knowledge and insight into what it takes to lead businesses and organizations.