Volume 95, Issue 47

Friday, November 23, 2001
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Western talks booze policy

Chretien rallies the troops

Muslim prof discusses jihad and holy war

Big shot media guy talks federal politics

Brescia student: "As a woman, I don't feel safe"

PC club donation creates controversy

Harvard dude talks 'disequilibrium'

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Harvard dude talks 'disequilibrium'

By Ben Leith
Gazette Writer

Canadian leadership was the topic of a Western alumnus' contribution to the Backpack to Briefcase series yesterday.

"Tumultuous times make us think about the importance of leadership," said John Kelleher, a Western honours business administration graduate, in reference to the events of Sept. 11.

Kelleher is currently pursuing his masters degree in business at Harvard. He is also a former University Students' Council VP-student affairs and Orientation Officer.

"What makes a leader? Is there a leadership opportunity today for Canadians in the wake of Sept. 11? How would we approach such an opportunity if it exists?" Kelleher asked as the basis of his talk.

"He raised important questions that should be asked more often," said second-year media, information and technoculture student Derritt Mason.

According to Kelleher, "the defining quality of a leader is that he or she pursues good and contributes to society."

Those qualities are simple, but rare, he said.

"The role of a leader is to calm the 'disequilibrium' and bring it into a productive range," he said, adding there currently exists an opportunity for a real leader to step up and drive change.

"'Disequilibrium' is what a good leader waits for," he said, citing United States President George W. Bush and former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani as examples.

As for Canada, Kelleher said he feels new leadership should be undertaken in a creative and original way.

He said he has learned the idea of being original is crucial and the same is true in business and foreign policy.

"Canada's contribution will not be the same as the United States', Britain's or Germany's," he said, noting Canada's contribution should be one that exploits what we have to offer.

"We were looking for a notable alumni with strong ties to Western," said USC alumni co-ordinator Pam Wong, explaining why Kelleher was chosen for the speaker series.

"To hear a Western alumni who has done so well for themselves is really inspirational," said second-year science student Kadie Ward.

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