Sportsmanlike athletic competition and empowered leadership often breeds effective life leaders. Today’s guest on Today’s Conversations on Leadership is Jayme Pendergast, Director of Athletics at Life University (Life U), taking time out of her busy schedule to chat with our host and Life U’s Vice President of Advancement, Dr. Gilles LaMarche. Pendergast speaks at length about what it looks like to foster a culture that focusing more on learning from mistakes instead of fearing them, as well as what it looks like to give space to your professional colleagues to try new things and explore new approaches within predetermined boundary lines of defined organizational principles.
In this premiere episode of Today’s Conversations on Leadership, host Dr. Gilles LaMarche interviews Dr. Rob Scott, president of Life University.
This episode was recorded a few months into the pandemic protocols and centers on the successful transition Life U made to remote learning during one of the most challenging times in its history (so far, as Dr. Scott was quick to add). In the intervening months, it has become clear that LIFE’s foundation in Lasting Purpose, along with a remarkable community embracing that foundation, has been vital to the university’s ability to adapt and in many ways excel during this difficult time.
The greatest challenge to leadership today is uncertainty, which has also fueled the flexibility and innovation that have been needed to lead the changes that have been essential during this time in LIFE’s history.