I had a chance to test this theory a couple of years ago. With the support of CCL I took a year away from working with executives to teach leadership classes to undergraduate students at Wake Forest University. There was no question that these students and the senior executives I was used to working with brought different life experiences to the classroom. This was evident on the first day of the freshman seminar I taught, as I gazed out over a room full of slack jaws, backward baseball caps, and body piercings. One young woman sitting near the front asked me good naturedly, “This class isn't going to suck, is it?” God, I hoped not, but her question made me wonder if I was being realistic in setting the same goal for this group as ...

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