St. Thomas University’s Focus on Leadership Development
Propels Student Co-Authors
Miami, Fl, April 19, 2013 -- Joseph Taylor, a December 2012 graduate of the St. Thomas University School of Business Master of Science in Management program, has co-authored a scholarly paper that has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Management Development. The paper, entitled “Beneficence as a Source of Competitive Advantage,” examines the relationship between leadership actions and long-term wealth creation for organizations. “This paper addresses the importance of the leader as a trustworthy individual whose actions demonstrate a commitment to the welfare, growth, and wholeness of employees,” Taylor noted. “Beneficence is acknowledged to be an ethical obligation in the medical field to serve others and to do them no harm but our paper applies beneficence to organization management and identifies the importance of treating employees as owners and partners. “This paper also helps to clarify the nature of trust and trustworthiness and explains that a leader’s actions are the foundations of trust creation. Both trustworthiness and trust are ultimately dependent upon a person’s actions and beneficent leader behavior helps to create trust, high commitment, and stimulates creativity and innovation,” Taylor added.
Taylor currently works as a Graduate Assistant in the STU Writing Center and is also pursuing a doctorate at St. Thomas University. “This paper is my first publication, and it has encouraged me to continue to do research to contribute to the field of effective organizational leadership.” Taylor worked on this paper about beneficence and competitive advantage as a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant for the School of Business in the fall semester of 2012.
Thanks to a small student to faculty ratio and a seasoned economist and business leader who leads the School of Business – Dean Jose Antonio (Tony) Villamil – graduate students evolve as global sphere leaders and sports industry top executives, like STU alumni who have joined management ranks in the Miami Heat. The School’s Sports Administration program is recognized as one of the nation’s best. On the other hand, STU’s Management programs help working professionals who want to advance in their careers by building on the leadership skills they have acquired and becoming immersed in a curriculum based on more advanced management principles. As they learn about other important business management areas, one message remains clear throughout the years and that is the School of Business credo – “Ethics and leadership are the keys to success”.
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