July 17, 2024

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s column in The Free Lance-Star explores leadership. Read LEADING FROM THE TOP, MIDDLE AND BACK.


IN 2000, I attended a conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. One of the highlights of the conference—and of any conference I have ever attended—was the opportunity to climb a mountain. We climbed Camelback Mountain.

Before climbing the mountain, however, we had a presentation from an experienced mountain climber and speaker who was involved in leading excursions to Mount Everest with Executive Master of Business Administration students at a high-profile institution. While they didn’t scale the summit, they did challenge the mountain.

Our speaker used mountain climbing as a metaphor for leadership and teamwork. He inspired us to see the commonalities. Read more.