Alumnus Paul Horton Speaks About Leadership to Rawls Students
By: Trevor Bell
Leadership is something that most people work their whole lives to gain, but it only comes to few. While most can strive for leadership, it often times boils down to an internal drive. That's the message that Rawls alumnus Paul G. Horton conveyed in his recent meetings with the Rawls Ambassadors, students in the Financial Management Association and the Rawls Business Leadership Program - all of whom are recognized as leaders within the Rawls College.
Horton, who earned his bachelor's degree in Management in 1972 and currently serves as the President and Founder of Lighthouse Capital Management, has long been an advocate for the Rawls College and wanted to showcase how his academic and professional experiences can serve as a guide for future industry leaders.
"I think it's so important for the alumni to come back, share their experiences and perhaps give some inspiration to the students in order for them to accomplish the same things we, as alumni, were able to accomplish," Horton said. "Without sharing experiences, they may not really have a roadmap of how to succeed."
During his meetings with the students, Horton offered several pieces of advice for students, including having confidence, building credentials and relationships, understanding what they want to achieve with their lives, and valuing the education they gain.
"The skills you learn in this college will give you the power to succeed, but you need to have the vision to do so," Horton reaffirmed with the students.
Students were also encouraged to ask Horton about his past accomplishments and what advice he has for students in their position. Horton's lessons proved valuable for students and offered encouraging insights into the successes they can have upon graduation.
"Seeing Mr. Horton's real-life experiences and being able to hear where he's been and where's he's coming from shows that our goals are in reach and tangible," Emily Latham, a junior Marketing major, said. "The fact that he says, 'Hey, this is possible! You're working toward your goals, and you're going to make it' shows that, as students, we are taking the right steps and have instilled belief in him."
"It was an incredible experience learning from about leadership from someone as successful as Mr. Horton," Corbin Best, a senior Finance major, said. "I learned that it is all about the relationships you build. He clearly was very successful in doing that."
This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.
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