Business Impact: Best Practices in Leadership

The Bauer Leadership Center works to extend its impact to the local and global business community by promoting a values-based, data-driven approach to leadership.

The Bauer Leadership Competency Model

The Bauer Leadership Competency Model summarizes key competencies associated with effective leadership and is used to guide leadership development, assessment, and coaching at the Bauer Center.
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Values in Leadership Series

The Values in Leadership Series uses themed discussions with leaders across industries to transform how leadership is valued and understood in business today. This series articulates the principles that guide decisions and the leadership philosophies that help businesses reach their full potential.

Distinguished Alumni Symposium: April 22, 2022

The Bauer Leadership Center and Olin University Advancement cohosted a panel with the 2022 Distinguished Alumni honorees as part of the business school’s long-running Century Club Business Series. The discussion centered on the importance of values and data—and the balance between the two—in effective leadership.


Listen as Bradley Wright, Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, interviews Professor Stuart Bunderson about teaching values-based leadership at the Bauer Center.
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Data for Good, October 5, 2018

video Hundreds of students, business leaders, and alumni assembled at Olin for the school’s first “Data for Good” workshop on October 5, 2018. Co-sponsored by Bauer Leadership Center and The Center for Analytics and Business Insights, the event shined a spotlight on WashU Olin’s approach toward values-based, data-driven decision-making with industry experts who spoke of using big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, to make material improvements in their businesses—and the community at large.

The Relevance of Religion for Leadership, February 13, 2018

video Where do values come from? For many people, religious traditions serve as a foundation for personal values, shaping their decisions and their definition of success. A panel of distinguished leaders from business, politics, and medicine discussed the ways in which religious traditions and identities can shape leadership approaches and ethical decision-making. The collaboration with the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics attracted a diverse audience and generated a lively discussion.

The Value of Values for Founders and Entrepreneurs, September 20, 2017

If values and culture are not clearly articulated and defined from the start, entrepreneurs have little chance of creating ventures that embody their deeply held values. This seminar examined the role of values in entrepreneurship and discussed the chronic challenge of standing firm on values when faced with intense growth pressures. This seminar, presented in collaboration with Entrepreneurs’ Organization, featured local entrepreneurial leaders from organizations like Blueberry Hill, Cotton Babies, Cultivation Capital, and Elasticity.

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