During last week’s CBO Leadership class session, six Executive Directors from a variety of local CBOs came to class to hold a panel regarding management and leadership. They answered questions from Dr. Simmons and from the students and raised a lot of good points. One thing that immediately caught my attention was the similarities of the responses from the Executive Directors, regardless of their personal and professional differences. It goes to show that, even though there are a wide array of differences amongst organizations, there is an overlap in the qualities and morals that constitute a good CEO. Most of the Executive Directors on the panel agreed that the terms “manager” and “leader” are not synonymous, but should both be present in order to be successful in their role. They stressed the significance of transparency in a leadership role and the importance of owning up to their mistakes in order to maintain a healthy culture in their organization. Also, they raised an interesting idea that, generally, they would all choose to hire a student with a history of volunteering over a student with a 4.0 or extensive degrees. Overall, hearing the responses from the six Executive Directors gave a lot of great ideas and feedback regarding what CBOs are looking for in new hires and what they need for managers and leaders. It was extremely relatable information that was great for Humanics Scholars to hear straight from the source.