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McNair Scholar 2012Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Majoring in Business and Marketing Education with a minor in Leadership and Chicano Studies. His research revolves around successful management traits and organizational leadership. Mr. Reyes plans on attaining an MBA with the possibility of Ph.D. in the future.

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My dream is to create special programs designed to promote diversity in the corporate sector and to increase the number of minorities in upper management positions.

Research project

Competencies for Leaders in Education Versus other Industry Groups:  Is Teresa Sullivan right?

Abstract: Leadership competencies are used to assess and develop managers in a variety of organizations. The ousting and reinstatement of University of Virginia (UVA) President Teresa Sullivan is an excellent example of the competencies that are valued of leaders in education versus UVA Board of Visitors’ valued leadership competencies in private industry.  In this study, the competency priorities as rated by incumbent managers were analyzed in education, banking & finance, retail, manufacturing, government, and healthcare industry groups, to identify differences in the ratings between education and the other groups.  The analysis identifies significant uniformity of competency importance ratings among banking/finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail, but found education and government to be different from the private industry groups, as well as, each other. Application of competency priorities from the private sector into educational organizations may lead to negative effects. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Louis N. Quast is the Associate Chair in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development; Research Professor, Dept. of Educational Psychology; Hellervik/PDI Endowed Chair in Leadership & Adult Career Development; and Research Fellow, Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research. He received his Ph.D. in human resource development with supporting work in industrial organizational psychology. Dr. Quast also serves in a limited capacity as an executive consultant for PDI Ninth House, designing and delivering large-scale leadership development interventions for client organizations. His research and practice include defining, measuring, and developing leadership in a wide range of industry sectors.