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Experience history in their own voices

We’re continually adding to our collection of more than 20 oral history interview audio files and transcripts. Each narrator gives a unique, in-depth perspective on leadership based on his or her background.

Otis Bowen
A former governor of Indiana talks about practicing medicine, entering the state and national political arenas, and being a professor at IU.

Myles Brand
The 16th president of Indiana University and one-time head of the NCAA talks about his love of learning and how a philosopher exercises leadership.

Richard Couto
A leadership scholar talks about the essential qualities of a leader and how complexity keeps humanity moving forward.

Max De Pree
A former Herman Miller CEO talks about the art of leadership and establishing the company as a design leader.

Alice Eagly
A social psychologist discusses how following her interests—rather than the crowd—shaped her career and her status as an intellectual leader.

Tom Ehrlich
The 15th president of Indiana University talks about his experiences in various leadership roles and the importance of prioritizing goals.

Fred Fiedler
A psychology researcher discusses his iconoclastic research and how it revolutionized the scholarship of leadership.

Lee Hamilton
A former representative reflects on his time in Congress and on leadership lessons that can be learned from previous U.S. presidential administrations.

You can’t have your values on a plaque in the board room, or in the annual report. You live them.

Frances Hesselbein

Theodore Hesburgh
A former president of Notre Dame University talks about the advances made under his leadership and his involvement in civil rights during the ’60s.

Frances Hesselbein
A former CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. defines leadership and discusses her time with management expert Peter Drucker and his influence on the Scouts.

Martin Jischke
The 10th president of Purdue University talks about how leaders are made and explores his time as an educator and administrator.

Manfred Kets de Vries
A leadership scholar and psychologist discusses growing up in the Netherlands, his writings on leadership, and his time at INSEAD.

Jean Lipman-Blumen
A professor talks about the importance of integrity, compassion, and empathy in leadership, and on educating people to be good citizens.

P. E. MacAllister
A former board chairman reminisces about his education, his time in the military, corporate leadership, and philanthropy.

James MacGregor Burns
An authority on leadership studies talks about working on Capitol Hill, the leadership skills of various U.S. presidents, and his thoughts on what makes a good leader.

You don’t lead in a vacuum.

Father Theodore Hesburgh

Larraine Matusak
A leadership scholar talks about her time in an Illinois convent, how she defines leadership, and her successes as an educator.

Russell Mawby
A chairman emeritus of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation discusses his family’s farm, his thoughts on philanthropy, and the importance of leadership training.

William Mays
The Mays Chemical Company founder talks about the power of the civil rights movement and the qualities of successful leaders.

Patricia Miller
A co-founder of the Vera Bradley Company talks about creativity in leadership, entrepreneurship, and the difference between leadership and management.

Henry Mintzberg
An academic and author on business and management discusses his writing, his definition of leadership, and balance in society.

Sallie Rowland
A civic leader and former CEO looks back on her education, discusses respect for others as a leadership quality, and talks about historic preservation.

Edgar Schein
An organizational development scholar talks about social and organizational therapy, his military service, and his research.

Margaret Wheatley
An organizational behavior scholar discusses effecting change in systems, faith in the human spirit, and her experiences in the Peace Corps.

When you’re a leader, you have a responsibility to the group who recognizes you as such, who’s put its faith in you, to help them accomplish their goals, to help them refine their goals and to make sure that this really is implemented, maybe even in a better way than the group ever thought.

Jean Lipman-Blumen