CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Leadership skills training is becoming increasingly sought after by both entrepreneurs and organizations. As a result, the College of Business (COB) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted a Values Based Leadership Workshop on Oct. 27 featuring Larry Mills, Executive Vice President of Holt companies.
“Mr. Mills served as the Kirkland Executive Lecturer in the spring of 2016,” said Dr. John Gamble, Dean of the COB. “Mr. Mill’s message of the importance of values in business and personal decision-making resonated with our students. The idea of a values based workshop resulted from student interest in a lengthier presentation by Mr. Mills.”
The workshop was open to members of Islander business student organizations and the Student Government Association who wanted to hone their leadership skills, map out their career paths and make a meaningful impact in their communities. Values based leadership is rooted in the belief that a well-defined set of ethical values is the foundation for true success.
For Jacqueline Ibarra, a business administration management major, the workshop was a great opportunity to hear from an accomplished businessman and gain inspiration to work hard in her future career.
“What many do not realize is that the majority of improvements and innovations in a company often stem from the bottom up,” said Ibarra.
With more than 20 student leaders in attendance, the COB plans to hold similar events in future semesters to equip all Islanders with a complete leadership “tool box.”
“Our mission is to prepare students to achieve success in the business world,” said Gamble. “The College of Business degree programs expose students to the business concepts and analysis based decision making tools that will prepare them to make successful business decisions. However, leadership ability and a mindset grounded in values and business ethics are essential behavioral characteristics for long-lasting success in business.”
Mills, whose areas of focus include strategic planning, marketing, leadership development and organizational development, was excited to share from his wealth of experience. Holt companies are comprised of HOLT CAT, one of the world’s largest Caterpillar dealers and the five-time NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs. Mills also serves on the board of directors for the San Antonio Spurs, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation and St. Mary’s University.