Light and shadow

Dr. Craig E. Johnson brought his unique perspective on leadership to the Berry campus Oct. 3 as the latest speaker in the Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership Lecture Series. The author of Organizational Ethics: A Practical Approach and Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow took students and others guests on “A Walk on the Shadow Side of Leadership” during his presentation in Krannert Center.

Johnson, an emeritus professor of leadership studies at George Fox University, has served in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations and has been an active participant in educational and service trips to Kenya, Rwanda, Honduras, Brazil, China and New Zealand. He is the recipient of George Fox University’s distinguished teaching award, as well as the outstanding graduate faculty researcher award in 2016.

While on campus, Johnson sat down for a brief on-campus interview (view above), sharing his thoughts on the current state of leadership and other topics.

“It’s certainly … been a dark time for leadership in terms of tribalism,” he stated. “We have more people displaced than ever before. There’s a rise of nationalism and so forth, but I’m with Desmond Tutu … I believe that light is stronger than darkness and life is stronger than death, so I think in the long run I’m optimistic.”

The Wright Lecture Series is an initiative of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership, which is dedicated to helping students develop a better understanding of ethical leadership in all aspects of life. Programming is made possible through gifts to the LifeReady Campaign.

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