Magazine article Talent Development

Leading with Values. (President's Page)

Magazine article Talent Development

Leading with Values. (President's Page)

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The ASTD global community was alive and well at the ASTD 2002 International Conference and Exposition in New Orleans, in June. Talking to all of you who attended the conference and expo energized me, and I hope you enjoyed your time in New Orleans as much as your colleagues and I did!

During each ASTD conference, I am always inspired by your collective expertise about and passion for the profession. This year, I was struck by the compelling messages of Dr. Oscar Arias, one of three keynote speakers. A Nobel Peace Prize winner for his efforts to end decades of political violence in Central America, president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990, and an accomplished economist, Arias spoke to attendees from a unique perspective.

He told the audience that everyone, no matter where they live or work, is affected by increasing globalization, and that our values must measure up to the needs of a global business world. Arias's speech focused on four ethical principles that, in his opinion, form the basis of good leadership that is "both effective and morally good" in global business practices. They are responsibility, integrity, solidarity, and respect. …

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