Sep 25, 2008

Compassionate Leadership - Cultivating the Leaders of Tomorrow

The escalating crises in the world today offer two choices: continuing violence and conflict, or finding a way to move forward towards peace and greater understanding.  Never before has the world needed more capable leadership than we do now, and no generation will be more affected by these choices than the generation emerging into political maturity.

In a groundbreaking dialogue held at New  York University on Wednesday, September 24, 2008, three influential leaders -- Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; Rabbi Irwin Kula, author of the award winning book, Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, and President of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; and the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist lama -- addressed the challenge in a public talk on the power and practice of compassionate leadership  Probing their own traditions and experiences, they examined how their different paths can contribute to a shared vision of interdependence and global connection.  

 "Today we live in a moment of division, with polarized leaders and polarized followers," said Rabbi Kula.  "What would it mean to lead with compassion? Why do we rarely think of compassion as a necessary quality of strong leadership? How would the process and content of leadership be different if compassion was a central quality of leadership? These are some of the questions we hope to explore with tomorrow's leaders."

The event was hosted by John Sexton, President, New York University; Ellen Schall, Dean and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy and Management, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU; and NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA).

To view the webcast, visit RCLA at


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