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A Bit About Me, the Author

The author, Virgil L. Smith, has spent the past five decades of learning, listening and sharing as an effective leader for two major media conglomerates, non-profit organizations and working with thousands of professional colleagues. Smith has a strong belief in people and what they can accomplish when empowered to do so. It is vital for leaders to understand and know their values and what they stand for.  If you do not have a firm understanding of who you are, you will be challenged to convince others to follow you.  The key question a leader must ask themselves is: "What makes me an effective leader?" 


Smith has an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC), and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of San Francisco, (CA). During his spare time, he loves being with family, traveling and is an avid sports fan

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