Professor Arthur Matthews is chief operating officer of Matthews & Matthews Consulting, a boutique firm specializing in customized and divergent aspects of human resources, labor, and the workforce. His clients primarily are corporations, government agencies, unions, and 501(C)(3) organizations that include Johns Hopkins University, Con Edison, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and New York City Health and Hospitals. Additionally, he is a Teaching Professor of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State University and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Arkansas. He began his teaching career in 1987 first at the Medgar Evers College/City University of New York and the Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies. Since 1989 he also has served on the faculty at NYU and Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. His law degree with a Concentration in Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Public Policy is from Howard University.
In this interview, he discusses the following: principles of leadership, going from a leader to becoming an ambassador, interchangeable skills for different situations, dealing with conflict, adding leadership training to the curricula at health professions schools, and the notion of shared leadership.