On November 12th, U.S. News and World Report in collaboration with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, honored 'America's Best Leaders' in New York. The 2007 honorees were selected by a committee of government, community, and private-sector leaders convened by the center.
Among those receiving the honor this year are Brown University President Ruth Simmons and American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault:
Ruth Simmons, President of Brown University, personally recruits students to the university:
"It's probably the most important thing I can do on a national basis," she says. "[The best thing] any parent can do for a child is to give your child a sense of love and support and to be open to the idea that they need to learn."
Chenault insists that the success [of his company] was not all about him. "Anyone at any level can be a leader," he says, which is why he is committed to giving everyone at the company a chance to become one.
Mr. Chenault states, "I want people to say that Ken Chenault is a person who, while he's focused on winning, [does so] with the highest level of integrity."