Let Go & Lead
Patricia Harrison President & CEO
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

On Leadership (1:51)

MARIL MACDONALD:
What  are some of the ways you’ve seen the leaders most effectively activate a community in any sense, in a corporate sense, in li, you know, government or, or local sense?

PATRICIA HARRISON:
I’ve been, uh, really interested in the issue of leadership for a long time.  I wrote two books.  One was, uh, about women’s entrepreneurial leadership and then a seat at the table.

Leadership is, uh, not for the faint of heart.  I think everyone has to be a leader for their own life and they have to be very, uh, aware of, of who they are.  As Shakespeare said, “To thy own self be true,” and if you’re not, then you can’t, you can’t be a leader with integrity.  You have to know who you are.  I think leadership requires sacrifice, it requires courage.  It can be very lonely; you’re not going to be everybody’s best friend.  It comes with its own set of, uh, penalties.

A leader is there to lead and it may not be for a very long time.  It may be at a specific moment when that leadership is required.  And I think as people look at the leadership quality of their own lives then they’re better able to be citizens who make a difference.  But at the end of the day, after all the collaboration, the cooperation, the partnership someone makes a decision when they’re running a company or running an entity, and it’s a good one or it’s a bad one, but the responsibility is with the person whose name is on the door.  So that’s my theory of leadership.