The difference between being a leader and a manager is moral values, a Tarrant County judge told about 40 students at Wednesday’s Leadership in the Lounge.”If you’re a good manager you do things right, if you’re a good leader you do the right thing,” said Sharen Wilson, a judge for the Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 1.
During the session, which took place in the Student Center lounge, Wilson said morality is important for a leader to be successful.
“Even in a political realm, integrity has to be the threshold to becoming an effective leader,” Wilson said.
Luda Chuba, a senior political science and history major who interned with Wilson last summer, said what makes Wilson a good leader and judge is the confidence in her decisions.
“She is really strict and organized,” Chuba said.
Chuba said Wilson is known for being tough and if she doesn’t like someone, she will let them know.
She said she learned communication and organization skills by observing Wilson during her internship.
Wilson also answered questions about how race or gender affect the jail system.
“The point of the criminal justice system is to be color blind,” Wilson said. “If the people in the penitentiary are the right people or the ones who have broken the law, does it matter what their race or genders are?”
Greg Stephens, the management department chairman for the School of Business, said he enjoyed what Wilson said and that it was a perfect experience for students in his team leadership class who attended the event.
Leadership in the Lounge, is sponsored by the Leadership Council, said Cleda Wang, chairwoman for the event.
The Leadership Council is a group of students who want to increase the quantity of effective leaders at TCU, Wang said.