Of Blank’s six leadership qualities, which one do you most identify with?
Listening and Responding. That was actually one of the first things I was taught in drama class. It’s a fundamental key to acting and it’s also fundamental to leadership. When I saw that it was one of the core leadership principles, it made me so excited because listening and responding is word for word what I’ve been taught for the past four years, and the fact that I get to continue exercising that in a different form for the next four years is very cool.
What does being a Blank School Scholar mean to you?
We’re the first ones to do it. It means forging a path for future scholars. It means taking those six core principles and rolling with them. Using them to dictate what we do, how it’s going to be. And, it represents hard work. We all worked so hard and we’re going to continue to work hard. We’ve got a really special community. We’re going to be really tight-knit and hopefully do some amazing things over the next four years.
Why does the world need entrepreneurial leadership?
The world needs entrepreneurial leadership because it’s an effective way of leading and working toward solutions that emphasize bringing value to the work that one does. The world is continually being faced with new and old problems that take empathy, creativity, and persistence to work toward solving, which is what entrepreneurial leadership brings.
What’s something that concerns you about the world today? What can be done about it?
People don’t tolerate differences. That lack of tolerance translates to homophobia, racism, and sexism. Changing that really starts with education; educating people on tolerance, on accepting those who are different than you. Incorporating those lessons into schooling is very important.