College of Arts & Science & University Studies
Can You Be a Leader?
(In this video Patrick Jones [Miami 1990], associate partner at Rosetta, talks about the qualities that define leadership. Patrick is chair of the College of Arts & Science Alumni Advisory Board. In another video on the College of Arts & Science website, he talks about the role serendipity plays in a career path.)
"The intangible quality that you have an opportunity (and it's really self-directed) to add to 'The Great Book' in academic knowledge that you have here at Miami is really your leadership development, your propensity to want to solve a problem, to be persuasive with others in shaping a direction or collecting data or providing insight to a problem. And leadership really is that intangible that if I've got 10 resumes and I'm looking at comparable talents and comparable schools, one of the things that becomes a differentiator is who do I feel can be a leader in my environment?
"And leadership means being able to operate with diverse sets of opinions, being able to operate oftentimes with imperfect data. You don't get everything to figure out the answer. Can you figure out the puzzle with only 60% of the pieces there? And can you evolve quickly? When you get into a problem or a scenario that maybe it's not going according to plan, can you make the adjustments quickly and move in the new direction that the data or the opportunity seems to be directing you?
"When I think about being here at Miami, having been a fraternity president, having been involved with College Republicans, having been involved in the Honors Program, and just leadership opportunities in general, don't slight those. I know there's a huge amount of focus oftentimes to focus on the grades and the books and make those investments. But also don't shirk the opportunity to — even whether it's through intramural sports or some other club activity — to get a chance to build some confidence and demonstrable skills in leadership, because it matters to guys like me who are sitting across the table from young people and making those kind of hiring decisions."