What kind of a leader do you want to become?
The role of business schools in developing future managers and leaders has long been scrutinised and critiqued. This has been exacerbated by the recent financial crisis and many books have been written that condemn business schools for producing leaders who graduate without the ability to respond to the changing world around them, innovate, or act in a responsible way.
By way of remedy this provocative book takes the critique and debate further, proposing a number of ethical and spiritual resources including Heiggarian philosophy, classical Greek philosophy, and the Maori notion of wairua. It explores existing teaching practices and suggests ways that business schools can:
Encourage a greater understanding of different world views
Introduce different perspectives such as the arts, philosophy and spirituality
Encourage the practice of responsible and ethical leadership
Nurture innovation and creativity.
Developing Leadership is accompanied by filmed seminars exploring the central debates, and interviews with the expert team of contributors. The conversation continues at www.ethicalleadership.org.uk
'A rare thing, this book gives more than the label promises. The title is about "questions", yet each chapter gives us answers to why important issues are not addressed in business schools - and what to do about it. This is a manifesto for reform, and the next big question is what will you, reader, do about it?' - Professor Jonathan Gosling, Director, Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, UK, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Development, INSEAD, France
Chris Mabey is a Chartered Psychologist and Professor in Leadership at Middlesex University Business School. Chris has held a career-long interest in leadership development as a counsellor for a charity, as a practitioner with British Telecom and Rank Xerox and as a consultant. More recently he has researched, taught and written on this topic with four different business schools. Wolfgang Mayrhofer is Full Professor and head of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management and Organisational Behaviour, WU Vienna, Austria. He conducts research in comparative international human resource management, work careers, and systems theory and management.
1. Introduction: What kind of leader are you becoming? - Christopher Mabey and Wolfgang Mayrhofer Part 1: How do business schools prepare students for leadership? 2. Questioning Business Schools - Tim Harle 3. Questions business schools are unable to ask - Aidan Ward and Wolfgang Mayrhofer 4. Preparing Managers for `Exile' at Work? The Hong Kong Experience - Ricky, Yuk-Kwan Ng 5. The forgotten humanness of organizations - Yuliya Shymko Rapporteur: Jerry Biberman Part 2: How robust are the theoretical and moral assumptions of business schools? 6. Is economic growth a force for good? - Molly Scott Cato 7. Can leadership be value-free? - Ken Parry & Audun Fiskerud 8. Do business schools create conformists rather than leaders? - David Beech 9. Business Schools, Economic Virtues and Christian Theology - Andrew Henley 10: Can our bodies guide the teaching and learning of business ethics? - Leah Tomkins Rapporteur: JC Spender Part 3: Ethical leadership: philosophical and spiritual approaches 11. Inspiring responsible leadership in business schools: can a spiritual approach help? - Karen Blakeley 12. Is it possible to learn ethical leadership? MacIntyre, Zizek and the recovery of virtue. - Mervyn Conroy 13. Classical Greek Philosophy and the Learning Journey - Hugo Gaggiotti and Peter Simpson 14. For whose purposes do we educate? Wairua in Business schools - Pare Keiha and Edwina Pio Rapporteur: Laurence Freeman Part 4: Reclaiming a moral voice in business schools: some pedagogic examples 15. Were business schools complicit in the financial crisis and can classical French literature help? - Rickard Grassman 16. Why is it important for leaders to understand the meaning of respect? - Doirean Wilson 17. The contemporary relevance of the Hebrew wisdom tradition - Phil Jackman 18. Do business schools prepare students for cosmopolitan careers? The case of Greater China - Pamsy Hui, Warren Chiu, John Coombes, and Elvy Pang 19. Can an ethic of care support the teaching and management of change? - Mary Hartog and Leah Tomkins 20. Management blockbusters: is there space for open dissent? - Daniel Doherty Rapporteur: David W. Miller Coda: Reflections on the Book, Its Genesis and Its Impact