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'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 'Reading this book makes you think about leadership and, most of all, educating potential leaders! The book builds on an astonishing multiplicity of theoretical, philosophical and spiritual traditions, providing the reader with a critical understanding of leadership processes – including moral responsibilities and accountabilities.' Professor Jörg Sydow, Chair for Inter-firm Cooperation and Member of the Excellence Council, Freie Universität Berlin, GermanyA string of high profile scandals suggest something of a moral meltdown at leadership level in organizations across all sectors. Why are business schools frequently failing in their mission to be capitalism’s conscience and to provoke deeper self- and other-awareness among their students?This book takes up this critique in three ways. It lays bare more precisely the moribund theories and amoral assumptions underlying much of what business schools teach. By way of remedy it proposes a number of ethical and spiritual resources including Heiggarian philosophy, MacIntyre’s virtue, classical Greek philosophy, Hebrew wisdom tradition, Christian spirituality and the Maori notion of wairua. Third, it considers not just what and why we teach in business schools, but how, by offering a range of innovative classroom approaches.Chapters are written by a diverse group of academics from four continents with end-of-section commentaries by Dr Jerry Biberman, Professor J. C. Spender, Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB and David W. Miller.
Professor Christopher Mabey is a Chartered Psychologist and Professor in Leadership at Middlesex University Business School, UK.
Professor Wolfgang Mayrhofer is head of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management and Organisational Behaviour, WU Vienna, Austria.
The conversation continues at www.ethicalleadership.org.uk