“Thinking About Leadership” with Former Duke President Nan Keohane

Author and former Duke President Nannerl (Nan) Keohane, will discuss “What Makes a Good Leader” at Duke University’s Sanford School on Feb. 4. She will be joined by Sanford School of Public Policy professor Kristin Goss and Mike Lefevre, a student in the Hart Leadership Program.

“What Makes a Good Leader: A Conversation with Nan Keohane” is a Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture. The conversation will address Keohane’s perspectives on leadership based on her new book “Thinking About Leadership,” and in particular who has what it takes to become a leader and whether gender makes a difference.

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. in Sanford’s Fleishman Commons and is free and open to the public. The dialogue will be followed by a book signing and reception. Metered parking is available in the Science Drive Visitors’ Lot or the Bryan Center deck.

“Throughout life, we all have opportunities to lead and to follow,” said Bruce Kuniholm, dean of the Sanford School. “Insights into what succeeds and what doesn’t in either role – from someone who knows the subject so well – will be especially valuable to students.”

Keohane, a political theorist, is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and Center for Human Values. From 1993 to 2004, she was Duke’s first, and only, woman president and the first woman to oversee a leading U.S. research university. Previously she was president of Wellesley College and taught at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. Her book is, in her words, “a contribution to the centuries-long conversation about human life in social groups that began before Plato and Aristotle and continues vigorously into the present day.”

The co-presenters are both affiliated with Duke’s Hart Leadership Program. Goss joined the Sanford School of Public Policy in 2005 as an assistant professor of public policy studies and political science. Her research focuses on why people do, or don’t, participate in political life and how participation or nonparticipation affects public policymaking. Lefevre, a senior public policy major, is the Duke Student Government president. 

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture was endowed by a gift to the university from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in honor of the late Terry Sanford, who served as North Carolina governor and U.S. senator, and as Duke president for 16 years. This event is co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.