Date: 06/04/2016

AmChamps: Leadership as Poetry

Miloš Đurković, General Manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise held an inspiring lecture on leadership to the AmChamps Class of 2016

Pointing out the cornerstones of his career, Miloš Đurković related several deeply personal decisions he made in his professional development, as well as telling listeners about a few circumstantial aspects of becoming a leader in the IT industry. Believing that the strength of true leaders lies within themselves rather than coming from the position they hold, Miloš also reflected on his earlier career and his colleagues in leadership roles who he learnt from.

He answered a range of questions on subjects including what it takes to become a leader, natural born vs. trained leaders, the role of education in developing the characteristics of business leaders, how to cope with tough decisions and whether the end justifies the means. Lecturer underlined that political, military, business and other leaders throughout history have sometimes undertaken actions that sacrificed their aims. However, he noted that even when a leader has huge support, a righteous and good cause is a prerequisite.

Đurković ended the lecture in an exciting way, reciting several lines from a poem by Edgar Guest, which received lengthy applause:

I'd rather watch a winner, than hear one any day,
I'd rather have him walk with me, than merely show the way.
The eye's a better pupil, more willing than the ear,
Find counsel is confusing but example's always clear.
The best of all the coaches, are the ones who live their creeds,
For to see the good in action is what everybody needs.
I can soon learn how to do it, if you show me how it's done,
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
The lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you, and the high advice you give,
But there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
Yes, I'd rather watch a winner, than hear one any day,
I'd rather watch a leader, modelling the way!