is more important than integrity, said Robert A. McDonald
(standing), president of Global Fabric & Home Care at
Procter & Gamble Inc.
talk about the heart of leadership
company president stresses that an ethical belief system should
guide business decisions. A human resources director emphasizes
the importance of balancing work and life outside of the job.
These are just two of the participants Darden
students chose to have speak at their second annual Values Based
Leadership Conference last month.
the two-day event the first of its kind to be established
at a top business school several prominent business leaders
spoke about the core values that guide both their professional
and personal lives. These values, including integrity, honesty,
responsibility and passion, are at the heart of outstanding leadership,
is more important than integrity, Robert A. McDonald, president
of Global Fabric & Home Care at Procter & Gamble Inc.,
told the audience of approximately 300 people from Darden, U.Va.
and the local community.
a crisis like the Sept. 11 terrorist attack hits, being available
to employees goes a long way in helping them cope, said John V.
Murphy, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of OppenheimerFunds
Inc., whose headquarters in New York City were demolished that
accessible, open and honest is the best way to deal with this
kind of situation, said Murphy. Theres nothing
more powerful than the strength of the human will. If you can
get that focused, youre going to win.
speaker, Jeffrey B. Chambers, Director of Human Resources at SAS
Institute, talked about a different angle in Human Capital
and the Bottom Line. The most important investment a company
can make is in its people, he said. SAS Institute, the worlds
largest privately held software company, currently ranked second
on Fortunes list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.
is responsible for so much more than making a profit and paying
employees, said May graduate Hunter Mathews, who organized
the first values-based conference last year with alumna Jacquelin
M. Ukrop who graduated last year.
spend so much time at work, but we are expected to leave ourselves
at the door. There is a huge separation between who we are and
what we do, which shouldnt be the case, said Mathews.
two women founded the conference to help M.B.A. students explore
how values and leadership can be integrated in the corporate environment.
Their successors, Darden students Kristen Hampton and Sally Sarratt,
who co-chaired this years event, said they sought business
leaders they believed students would want to emulate.
event also introduces the discussion of leadership, values and
ethics to Dardens first-year students earlier in the academic
session. Darden dean Robert S. Harris praised the conference,
calling it a great example of leadership development, which
is the heart of Dardens mission.
coalition of student clubs hosted the conference, including the
Values Based Leadership Club, Marketing Club, Graduate Women in
Business, Students for Responsible Business, JD/MBA Society, Darden
Partners Association, Darden Christian Fellowship and the Business
Technology Club. They received corporate sponsorship from the
Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, the PepsiCo Foundation, the
ServiceMaster Company and Opportunity Consultants Inc.