There are college recruitment videos showing students in a fun and bright campus, discovering college as a path towards independence and a promising future. At most, they may bring back successful graduates to give a soundbite on how college changed their lives for the better and imply that you as the viewer will equally benefit with the end goal of a great career. Then there’s Western Sydney University (WSU).
I asked a couple of presidents what they thought was the most important characteristic of today’s leader. Their response? Courage. I was surprised. I had been expecting words like “ethical” or “consensus builder” or “visionary.”