The Relevance of Religion for Leadership

How Religious Traditions Can Inform Leadership Values and Approaches

Olin Business School event cosponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

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Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

One characteristic of great leaders is a clear set of personal values that guide their decisions. Where do those values come from and how are they learned? Religious traditions and identities provide one powerful foundation for personal values, shaping core beliefs about how to treat people, how to make responsible decisions, and what is the definition of success. As organizations and communities become more diverse, understanding and honoring the moral foundations that underlie different religious traditions can lead to more authentic and responsible leaders and organizations. In this symposium, we explore ways in which religious traditions and identities can shape leadership approaches and ethical decision-making, with the help of scholars and practitioners with experience in this area.

Dr. David W. Miller, Director of the Faith and Work Initiative at Princeton University, will deliver an address. George P. Bauer, Chairman & CEO, GPB Group Ltd., will moderate a panel discussion. Panelists include Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO, Barry-Wehmiller Inc.; John C. Danforth, Former U.S. Senator from Missouri, author, and ordained Episcopal priest; Ghazala Hayat, M.D., Professor at SLUCare and Chair of the Public Relations Committee of Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis.

This event is free and open to all; registration is required and can be completed here.

For more information about this event, please call 314-935-2943 or email

Cosponsored with Bauer Leadership Center at the Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School


  • John C. Danforth

    Former U.S. Senator from Missouri