WASHINGTON (March 21, 2014) - Larry Quinlan, Global Chief Information Officer of Deloitte, the worldwide technology organization, delivered an inspirational speech on “Leadership & Technology: Becoming a 21st Century Leader” as part of the Howard University School of Business Executive Lecture Series.
“Fundamentally, leadership is all about the people,” said Quinlan. “Relying on others and communicating with others is a big deal.”
Quinlan, who is responsible for all facets of technology for Deloitte, addressed the key components students need if they strive for leadership roles: strategic direction, effective communication, influence on others and networking skills.
“Strategic direction is the thing you find that lacks in businesses,” said Quinlan. “It questions how a company leader motivates people. How do they inspire them?”
In his remarks, Quinlan also acknowledged that the message of an effective communicator resonates with the audience. “It is the leader’s job to get the people motivated to accomplish the vision that leader is communicating,” said Quinlan.
As for networking, Quinlan said it is about the power of relationships.
“People help you when they believe in you. They believe in you by seeing how you operate,” Quinlan explained.
Nearly 200 business students packed the auditorium for the lecture. The Howard University School of Business started the Executive Lecture series in 2003 and has since hosted more than 25 CEOs and executive business leaders as guest lecturers. The day allows executives, Howard University students and faculty to interact and collaborate together. Establishing a link between the University and the corporation.