Thomas O’Donohue thinks there’s no one correct leadership style. But for him — a self-professed “man of few words” — leading by example is often the right fit.
“I am not necessarily the ‘take charge’ leader. But I try to show others what I do and be supportive in that way,” he said. “I have always believed that in order to make a difference, you do not have to be the loudest voice in the room, but you have to set a positive example.”
O’Donohue has had the opportunity to hone his leadership style both on campus and off. He participated in supplemental instruction and helped arrange study groups, plus he volunteers with Forgotten Harvest and donates blood to the American Red Cross as much as possible.
He also completed an internship with the Wayne County Health Department, where he investigated elevated blood lead levels, participated in restaurant and pool inspections, and worked with emergency preparedness managers.
While he’s still determining his long-term career plans, O’Donohue is drawn to research — particularly public health and exercise and nutrition — and is fascinated by how intertwined the physical, mental and social aspect of health are.
Whichever route he takes, you can bet he’ll be leading the charge — in his own, quiet way.
“I think the biggest thing about me is that I am dedicated,” he said. “I know that to achieve anything of merit, you have to put in work, and it can be a long or difficult process.”