PKAL Café Scientifique

Questions for a Conversation with Paul Erdahl

February 25, 2008

  1. What is your role at Medtronic and what was your educational and experiential path to your current position?
  2. Describe the leadership programs in place at Medtronic.
  3. How do you define leadership?
  4. What do you think are the essential characteristics of leaders?
  5. How do you assess for leadership potential?
  6. What strategies for leadership development do you utilize at Medtronic?
  7. To what extent do you think the leadership issues you face in the business world are applicable to academia?
  8. Do you have ideas for how we might encourage the development of leadership characteristics in our students?
  9. When did you first perceive of yourself as a leader?
  10. Have you had specific mentors along your path that have been particularly influential?