Meet the 2016 ASHA Convention Co-Chairs This year’s chairs talk about how the convention’s theme (“Everyday leadership. Leadership every day.”) relates to their own career paths. Features
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Meet the 2016 ASHA Convention Co-Chairs
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Meet the 2016 ASHA Convention Co-Chairs
The ASHA Leader, August 2016, Vol. 21, 64-65. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.21082016.64
The ASHA Leader, August 2016, Vol. 21, 64-65. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.21082016.64
A. Tucker Gleason, PhD, CCC-A
Assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology, University of Virginia Health System
Who is your most admired leader?
Eleanor Roosevelt.
What is your favorite leadership quote?
I have three, actually:
  • “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “Never take counsel of your fears.”—Stonewall Jackson

  • “Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.”—Colin Powell

There’s another Eleanor Roosevelt quote that I like, but it has nothing to do with leadership (and makes me laugh every time): “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”
What do you see as the most important quality in a leader, and why?
Integrity. Integrity is a combination of trustworthiness and selfless, clear purpose. For people to want to follow, they have to believe that they are not being deceived and that there is an honorable goal.
Do you have an “aha” leadership moment to share?
It’s less of an “aha” moment and more of coming to realize what a leader my mom was. I don’t think she set out to be a leader—it just happened. She was the first female pharmacy student at the Medical College of Virginia, and then the first female pharmacist hired there. She was the only mom in the neighborhood who worked outside the home, and was a bit looked down upon by the other moms for doing so because that wasn’t the norm in the 1950s and 1960s. In an effort to prove that she could work outside the home and be a good parent and neighbor, she went out of her way to have “dress-up” parties for the girls in the neighborhood, went to my brother’s football games, led the girls’ mission group at church, and hosted lively luncheons, holiday parties and bridge club meetings. Eventually she was beloved by everyone who knew her. My mom showed me that kindness is important, and that with a lot of perseverance and smiles, anything is possible.
What’s an interesting fact about you that members may not know?
My hobby is high-performance driving.
Michael J. Flahive, PhD, CCC-A/SLP
Chair (retired), Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Saint Mary’s College
Who is your most admired leader?
My father. He was a wonderful, low-key administrator whose style I most admired and, I hope, have emulated.
What is your favorite leadership quote?
I’m not a quote guy. But I have found Michael Chial’s comments on how to conduct oneself as a professional to be quite helpful.
What do you see as the most important quality in a leader, and why?
Integrity. People have a variety of skills and talents, some you can enhance and build on more easily than others. But how one conducts oneself is what makes the talents you bring to the table come to life—or not.
Do you have an “aha” leadership moment to share?
I’d like to be remembered as a builder—I more or less created academic programs at three universities: St. Xavier, Marywood and Saint Mary’s. But I wouldn’t have built a thing if it weren’t for the people I worked with. Leadership is always a team sport.
What’s an interesting fact about you that members may not know?
My wife and I spent 10 years renovating an old carriage house when we lived in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It provided lessons in patience, among other things. And in college I performed in a comedy team a few times in coffee houses. My partner ended up in the Second City comedy troupe and in Hollywood.
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November 16, 2016
Paula Stone
ASHA 2016
Have a Great Convention!
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