Leadership lessons and career advice from the musical hamilton

Daniel R. Kennedy, Rucha Bond, Karen M.S. Bastianelli, Kelly Orr, Erica L. Rowe, Kayce M. Shealy, Linda Garrelts Maclean

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The musical Hamilton, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creatively depicts the life and career of founding father Alexander Hamilton. While Hamilton is the primary focus, highlights of the career and personal journeys of other leaders, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Aaron Burr, are interjected throughout the production. Often the musical numbers in Hamilton focus on aspects of leadership and career development that Hamilton and his contemporaries were learning or needed to learn. These lessons are applicable to the challenges that faculty members in academic pharmacy face today at different stages of a career. These include the importance of maximizing opportunities, listening, self-reflection, compromise, patience, empathy, prioritizing, tending relationships, making difficult decisions, knowing when to say goodbye, and managing a legacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8175
Pages (from-to)1282-1285
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

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  • Career planning
  • Hamilton
  • Leadership
  • Musicals
  • Pharmacy education

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  • Journal Article


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