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Dear Friends,

I believe that the search for a higher truth and the discovery of our own moral compass should be the deliberate quest of every leader.

My own leadership journey, including 30 plus years of CEO experience, has made clear to me some personal truths: that leadership is the single greatest strategic asset for an organization; that leadership development must be continuous and lifelong; that it is the obligation of any good leader to inspire others to be the best they can, making good use of their own natural talents – that which they were "born to do".

As the writer Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said, "All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience." It was no surprise then to find the idea of doing what we were born to do, using our natural gifts, in the Sanskrit verses that have formed the basis of Hindu culture many centuries before. Even then, great leaders have sought to look beyond the trappings of our world and to dedicate themselves to a higher calling, to use selflessly their natural gifts as best they can for the benefit of their community, their country.

We must all of us, leaders in our own right, do what we do best that contributes to the greater good of our world. The realization that we are all threads of a great tapestry should serve to guide our actions.

If you are at the beginning of your leadership journey, let continuous learning and exploration lead you to an understanding of your own inherent talents. If you are further along, behave like a beginner but also find a way to use your gifts to help further our community, our country, our world.

Warm Regards,

Modesto "Mitch" Maidique


Harve Mogul

President and CEO United Way of Miami Dade

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Fall 2012 Schedule

In the News   2013 Executive Programs
FIU Center for Leadership launches annual event to spotlight Transcendent Leaders

David Lawrence, Jr. will deliver the keynote address for the inaugural Chapman Leadership Lecture at FIU. Lawrence, former publisher of the The Miami Herald and early education advocate, will kick off the lecture series established as an annual forum for transcendent leaders whose lives and work create ... Continue Reading

Predictable —and surprising-- factors influencing women's participation in political leadership

Whether or not women in a given country hold positions of leadership obviously depends on a host of factors. But no one ever took on the huge project of studying those factors worldwide until Amanda Bullough, then a doctoral student at Florida International University (FIU), made that the subject ... Continue Reading

Inaugural Leadership Dissertation Award given for research on preventing executive burnout

Every executive wants the leaders within their company to rise to the occasion. Some of them shine. But some burn out. Why does this happen to some leaders and not others? And how can executives prevent burnout? Dr. Stephen Courtright studied these questions in his dissertation, which earned the ... Continue Reading

Quarterly Quote

"What is important in a leader is a resolute will and determination. A man may be versatile and learned, but if he lacks resoluteness and determination, of what use will he be?"

Yoshida Shõin

Fall Events Reconnect with FIU!

The Leadership Lecture Series Returns with Manfred Kets de Vries, November 16, 2012

Join us as Manfred Kets de Vries kicks off the return of the Center’s Leadership Lecture Series. Dr. de Vries provides a different view to the much-studied subjects of leadership and the dynamics of individual and organizational change. Bringing to bear his knowledge and experience of economics, management, and psychoanalysis, he scrutinizes the interface between international management, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and dynamic psychiatry. His specific areas of interest are leadership development, top executive team building, organizational change and cross-cultural management. Click Here to RSVP

AAB Colloquium 2012, featuring Stephen Courtright, winner of the Center's Outstanding Dissertation Award, October 23, 2012

Our annual Leadership Colloquium was conceived to provide a forum FIU’s multidisciplinary faculty to present developing, extant and cutting edge new ideas as they affect leadership in organizations and our communities. The colloquium also features the work of the winner of the Center’s prestigious annual dissertation award. Click Here to RSVP

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