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[rpd] Board Election 2017: Final Candidate Slate
sander at steffann.nl
Sun May 21 23:14:32 UTC 2017
> If I may a good academic foundation has globaly been accepted as basis for LEADERSHIP. It is critical for people who aspire for leadership roles to have the necessary academic discipline.
> Whenever a solid academic foundation has been ignored we have elevated individuals into leadership roles and suffered negative outcomes.
I'm sorry, but there is a huge difference between academic achievement and leadership skills. Many people with great academic achievements are horrible leaders, and many good leaders have no academic background. Good leaders usually are willing to learn, but stating that formal learning is globally accepted as being critical for leadership capabilities is far fetched.
I remember that in the past there were some ideas to require board nominees to have a master's degree or something similar, but doing so would deprive us of some very good candidates. The board should be diverse and include people with different skills and experiences. Limiting it to some academic "elite" (which is what such requirements feel like to me to be honest) would be very bad for this community.
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