Alumni “Awaken the Leader in You”

Business Building, Room 903, Beirut campus

This is the first alumni lecture for the 2010–2011 academic year, organized by LAU’s Alumni Relations Office at LAU as part of the “Keep Learning” alumni lectures program. The event is also open to the rest of the LAU community.

As places are limited, attendance should be confirmed no later than November 24, 2010 by contacting the Alumni Relations Office at ext. 1136, or email:

It has been said that you manage things while  you lead people. Is leadership different from management? “Awaken the Leader in You” is a lecture that spells out the leadership character, responsibilities, strategy  and influence. Although leadership theories are everywhere — the internet, books, television —  it is worthwhile ignoring the lackluster theories for a moment and getting back to the basics. How can we master the moral courage needed to take difficult decisions that will inspire our team? How can we be mentally tough to carry on against the odds of achieving success? How can we have the authenticity that makes our declared values correspond with our demonstrated values? Is it possible for leaders to always project confidence? How can we transform the abstract into concrete and how can we put a strategy that enables us to see the whole picture in its entirety and see how all parts of it interconnect all while being open to people so as to inspire, mobilize, transform and lead?

The lecture will be presented by Mr. Elie Samia, lecturer in political science and sociology, and executive director of the Outreach and Civic Engagement unit at LAU. Samia has been the director of Guidance in Byblos and the program director of the LAU Model United Nations for the last five years. Prior to that, he was one of the faculty advisors for the Harvard World Model United Nations. He also gave workshops about leadership development, conflict resolutions and negotiation skills to a broad constituency ranging from LAU staff and students to international NGOs and some multinational corporations. Samia’s research is also centered on the Lebanese political and constitutional reform.

Event organizer: Alumni Relations Office