Average people can make a difference on global challenges, says researcher

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: January 9, 2017

Year of Publication: 2017

Publisher: Phys.org

Author(s): Caroline Newman

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Caroline Newman with UVA Today sat down with Thomas Batemen to discuss the recent article Batemen published with Michael E. Mann in Nature Climate Change entitled The supply of climate leaders must grow. Batemen, a professor of management in the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, researches proactivity in the context of attaining long-term goals and urges people to:

“look for problems you are interested in and, instead of waiting and hoping someone else will take care of it, make the first step yourself.”

What kind of steps does Batemen suggest for becoming a leader?

“To start a conversation with someone new is an act of leadership. To change the nature of conversations – say, from debate to genuine dialogue, from trying to dominate to trying to learn, from acting in a silo to collaborating with others for greater impact – is an act of leadership.”

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