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A DEGREE THAT BUILDS YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS; NOW, AND FOR THE FUTURE.

The liberal arts cultivate within students not only wisdom and discernment but also valuable leadership skills. 

Effective leaders need to be able to inspire team members with vision.  They must be persuasive speakers and good decision-makers.  Good leaders also know the right questions to ask when analysing issues or interviewing applicants.  And they can make connections across fields of knowledge, enabling them to see things that others can’t see. These leadership skills are cultivated in a liberal arts education.

LEADERS AND INFLUENCERS  WHO STUDIED THE

LIBERAL ARTS AT UNIVERSITY:

Andrea Jung  

Former CEO, Avon

English Literature

Barack Obama 

Former US President 

Political Science

Ben Silbermann

Founder and CEO, Pinterest    

Political Science

Billy Graham    

Evangelist 

Anthropology

Bob Hawke   

Former Prime Minister

Arts/Law

Christine Lagarde

Managing Director, IMF

Arts

Gail Kelly 

Former CEO, Westpac

Classics

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

CEO, Save the Children Foundation

Political Science, European Studies

James Murdoch 

CEO, 21st Century Fox

Film and History

John Anderson  

Former Deputy Prime Minister

Arts    

John Howard

Former Prime Minister

Law

John Paul II 

Former Pope

Philology

Kenneth Chenault  

CEO, American Express

History

Lloyd Blankfein  

CEO, Goldman Sachs

History

Martin Luther King, Jr.

US Civil Rights Leader

Theology

Michael Eisner

Former CEO, The Walt Disney  Company

English Literature and Theater

Peter Thiel   

Co-Founder and Former CEO, PayPal  

Philosophy

Sheryl Sandberg

COO, Facebook; Founder LeanIn.org

Economics

Susan Wojcicki

CEO, YouTube 

History and Literature

Tony Abbott    

Former Prime Minister

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

LIBERAL ARTS AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS 

According to Forbes Magazine, 1/3 of all

Fortune 500 CEOs have liberal arts degrees.

“Arts graduates are greatly over-represented in the senior ranks of corporate Australia.  Take for example Westpac, where Brian Hartzer, a history graduate has recently replaced Gail Kelly, who studied classics, as CEO. It is the all-important 'soft skills' that are essential for effective senior leadership – particularly those around effective communication and empathy. These are core attributes of an arts degree.”

– Australian Financial Review, 4 May 2015