Gorrell leads with Final Word

By David Jarvis

According to Merriam-Webster, leadership is defined as the capacity to lead.

Monday’s Final Word speech will further define and examine the idea of leadership.

Final Words guest speaker, Grace Gorrell, Assistant Director for the Center for Leadership Development will be speaking at 7 p.m. Monday night at the William T. Young Library.

Gorrell has been with the university for 30 years and is an instructor in the College of Agriculture, as well as the founder of her company, Lead With Grace.

According to a press release, Gorrell has a tremendous passion for helping others discover leadership abilities and, in turn, helping them understand how they can use those skills to improve their professional and personal life.

The speech will focus on Gorrell’s very own philosophies on becoming a successful leader and the qualities required to be a leader.

Gorrell teaches a leadership studies course, which focuses around John Maxwell’s book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.”

She is greatly influenced by author, Dr. John Maxwell as well as Dr. Ken Blanchard.

“I love John Maxwell’s idea that ‘Leadership is influence, nothing more and nothing less,’” said Gorrell, Final Word guest speaker.

“Leadership has much more to do with the level of influence you have with people than your job title, and we all have the ability to lead.”

The Final Word is a series of speeches this semester hosted by an assortment of speakers ranging from Coach Calipari to various influential UK faculty.