Toni Thorpe reflects on the compassion of NC State Students and why they consistently make good leaders. Interview on May 25, 2012. (1:44)


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I think that the main thread is compassion for community. The students that I-. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:12.330
I value all of them, but the students that are able to accomplish a lot number one understand that being a leader means that you empower the masses. 00:00:12.330 - 00:00:29.367
It doesn't mean that you get to promote your own agenda; it means that you have to listen a lot. 00:00:29.367 - 00:00:34.706
So they're excellent listeners and they have a compassion for making the world better. 00:00:34.706 - 00:00:45.127
They see the world beyond NC State, or beyond Raleigh, or beyond socioeconomic groups, 00:00:45.127 - 00:00:54.858
beyond ethnic lines, so those students who are not afraid to get out there, even if they're shy. 00:00:54.858 - 00:01:02.545
You know they don't have to be these gregarious extroverts all the time, but they have an understanding too of their power, 00:01:02.545 - 00:01:14.288
that they know that kindness is always more powerful than war, so they get that and they work for that. 00:01:14.288 - 00:01:24.331
So compassion and integrity, and the students who have a sense of community to me are consistently good leaders. 00:01:24.331 - 00:01:39.095

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