Acclaimed Kellogg professor speaks to Scholars

Evanston, Ill. (April 11, 2017) -- Evans Scholars at Northwestern University got an opportunity Tuesday night to learn about leadership, values and workplace culture from published author, university trustee and acclaimed business professor Harry Kraemer. 

Kraemer, the former chairman and CEO of Baxter International, spoke to Scholars and Alumni during a “fireside chat” at the Scholarship House in Evanston.

Kraemer is a professor of management at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and author of “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership.” He also serves as executive partner of Madison Dearborn Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the United States where he consults with CEOs and other senior executives of companies.

He spoke with the group at-depth about values-based leadership and encouraged Scholars in attendance to consider career paths and professions that align with their own beliefs, interests and, of course, values. Kraemer spoke most passionately about the importance of self-reflection in the modern workplace.

“Have we confused activity and productivity?” he asked. "It’s important to take time to tune out the noise and gadgets and reflect on questions such as: What are my values? What do I stand for? What really matters in life?"

When speaking to groups of Northwestern students and other young people who aspire to be leaders in their respective fields, Kraemer said he always tries to impress upon them that one needn't be in a senior management role to lead. 

"I have young people come up to me all the time and say, 'I want to be a leader but there is just one problem, I don't have anyone reporting to me,'" he said. "True leadership has nothing to do with titles and organizational charts and positions and everything to do with how to influence people."

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Date: 4/11/2017