Rudman Center Hosts Former NY City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy hosted former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for a discussion on leadership with the UNH Law community on April 22.
Addressing a Rich Room crowded with students, faculty, and friends of the Rudman Center, Giuliani emphasized that he believes leadership can be taught. “Everything I know about leadership I learned from others,” he said.
Giuliani admitted that he thought he knew all about leadership before 9/11, and had almost finished writing his book on the subject. But after the events of that day, and all that followed, he finally returned to writing his book with more humility and a greater appreciation for how unpredictable life, and leadership, can be.
Giuliani went on to describe his six principles of leadership, illustrating them with examples from his own life, and from contemporary politics. Among the qualities that he most values in a leader are optimism, the courage to take risks, diligent preparation, and effective communication.
Giuliani praised the late Senator Warren Rudman for his ability to make people who disagree with each other work together for the common good. “Compromise can be an honorable thing,” Giuliani said, and is a basic principle of democracy. He also commended the Rudman Center for its emphasis on training a new generation of leaders.
In a brief question and answer period, Giuliani was asked if our current political culture is attracting leaders with less character and how democratic institutions can become more entrepreneurial.
After his talk, Giuliani was the guest of honor at a luncheon for Rudman Center supporters. Concord Mayor Jim Bouley presented Giuliani with a key to the city.
Giuliani served as Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, after serving in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, eventually becoming U.S. Attorney. He prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including ones against organized crime and Wall Street financiers.
The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire School of Law provides scholarship, training, and opportunity for a new generation of leaders who cherish public service. The Rudman Center and its programs also serve as a living monument to Senator Rudman and the other leaders of his political generation whose values and examples it seeks to foster, transmit and preserve. To learn more, visit: law.unh.edu/rudman-center.