Every two years, Yale SOM selects a group of distinguished graduates to serve as Donaldson Fellows. Named for the school’s founding dean, the fellowship recognizes alumni who embody SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society through their personal and professional accomplishments. The 2014-15 Donaldson Fellows are Beth Axelrod ’89, senior vice president of human resources at eBay; Jaime Gonzalez Aguade ’96, president of the Mexican National Banking and Securities Commission; Kathie Julian ’84, country director for Georgia at the Asian Development Bank; and Chuck Slaughter ’90, founder and CEO of Living Goods.
In interviews recorded during a visit to Yale SOM, the fellows discussed keys to effective leadership, including the ability to adapt to different leadership situations, offering timely feedback, and setting a tone through everyday actions and demeanor.
“Leadership is the capacity to inspire people around a compelling vision, to achieve a great outcome, and, in the process, to help people achieve the potential they didn’t even know they had,” said Axelrod.