MIke Giancola explains the importance of mentoring in an expanded definition of leadership that includes an emphasis on diversity. Interview on March 26, 2012. (1:40)


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But in leadership it's absolutely critical that you have someone that can mentor you through that process, 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:07.176
especially for students that maybe traditionally haven't been given those opportunities, whether they be women or students of color or GLBT students. 00:00:07.176 - 00:00:17.360
It's not enough just to say you can be a leader but we need to make sure that we have mentors from those communities and allies of those communities to really help them see that there is a path forward 00:00:17.360 - 00:00:29.820
and that their voice is important and their contribution is valued, and frankly expected. 00:00:29.820 - 00:00:35.282
We want everyone to feel like they're a part of this. The other thing that I say is that the leadership table is much larger than we've given voice to over the years 00:00:35.282 - 00:00:44.270
because if you think back throughout history, not just at this institution and this country but around the world, we've had a very narrowing definition of leadership. 00:00:44.270 - 00:00:53.538
We said you had to look a certain way and you had to look more like me than like you. You had to be, you know, skin color of a certain way. That's such a limiting way of looking at leadership. 00:00:53.538 - 00:01:05.025
So when I teach leadership I say the table of leadership is really wide open because the only thing you have to have to be a leader-this is slightly overstating it-is a passion to make change 00:01:05.025 - 00:01:16.824
and the ability to try to engage people in that process. 00:01:16.824 - 00:01:19.534
That says nothing about your gender, your sexual orientation, your race/ethnicity, where you were born, or how much money's in your bank account. 00:01:19.534 - 00:01:27.499
It says that you have an idea that you're passionate about and willing to work hard to work with others to make that happen. 00:01:27.499 - 00:01:33.272

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