Daniel Quinn Mills is the Albert J. Weatherhead, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus. His tenure at Harvard lasted from 1976 to 2007. He consults with major corporations and governments and lectures about management, leadership, strategy, economics and geopolitics. He is an expert on the differences between Asian and Western leadership styles. An American, Mills is also a member of the Innovation Council of Malaysia, a ministry level council chaired by the Prime Minister.
Mills has been interested in early stage businesses and as a director and investor has helped develop several firms. He has been a director of a publicly listed company, chairing its audit committee for several years. A thought leader, Mills has written books on leadership, geo-politics, investments, capital markets, business strategy, network organizations, demographics, marketing, empowerment, and union relations. His most recent book is Master of Illusions: Presidential Leadership, Strategic Independence and America’s Public Culture, published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. The book explores America’s role in the world in the aftermath of the second Iraqi War.
Widely and often quoted as well as seen in the national media, Mills has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, and been quoted in articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Business Week. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.
Question: What do you believe?
D. Quinn Mills: Religion plays a very significant role, because what is most important to me about religion is I think it is the only secure a basis for ethical and moral behavior. And I think that as religion decays, ethics and morality decay dramatically, and I think that often happens in history with material prosperity and with lack of danger generally speaking, and I think that is happening again. So, I look not to doctrinaire religion. I am not religious in doctrinaire fashion and the protestism in the Christian church gave us that. So, I read the Bible and the religious classics and I think that what they mean to me and what I think they should mean the other people, and it plays a huge role in my life in that regard.
Recorded on: 9/27/07