Vanessa Druskat, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Her award winning research examines how teams and leaders effectively manage complex interpersonal and coordination challenges in cross-functional, cross-cultural and self-managing work environments. It has appeared in prestigious journals such as the Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. She recently edited the book Linking Emotional Intelligence and Performance at Work. Druskat is a sought after consultant and speaker who conducts seminars for organizational leaders and teams in organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to public schools.
Dr. Druskat became interested in the privileges and responsibilities that come with being citizens of a democracy during the 2007 fall semester she spent with twelve UNH undergraduates at Corvinus University, in Budapest, Hungary. They watched the Hungarians struggling with their transition out of communism and into a democratic (and capitalistic) society, which formally started in 1989. They also experienced the reaction of Hungarian citizens when the newly reelected Hungarian President was captured on tape telling his colleagues that he and his party had done nothing productive during their first term and had lied to the country about it so that they could get reelected for a second term. Far too many of their Hungarian friends said – "Politicians lied to us when we were communists and they are still lying to us now that we are a democracy – what is the difference?"
University Dialogue contribution: Your Most Important Role in Democracy: Thinking for Yourself