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Our March 15 program featured a lively and interactive presentation by Professor Michael Useem, the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Useem distinguished the Board’s fiduciary role from the act of leadership, explaining that Boards should behave as leaders in three ways:  take charge, partner or stay out of the way.  He walked through the scenario in which, via an act of leadership by the Apple Board—the rehiring of Steve Jobs in 1996—that company was resuscitated from certain failure to stunning success.

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