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What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader

Learn how to build and expertly lead a fulfilled and purposeful human-centred organization using the thinking of four of the greatest philosophers.
EAN: 9780749493165
Edition: 1
Published:
Format: 235x158
232 pages

About the book

For decades, we have looked to management theorists, organizational psychologists and economists to tell us how we can squeeze the most out of people at work. The result? People are uninspired, feel like cogs in a machine and prefer to leave traditional work structures behind. Numbers and productivity can only get you so far.

What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader offers a different route that will allow you to reconnect with the humanist values of work. By turning to philosophy, and what it teaches us about finding fulfilment and living a good life, this book uncovers the ways you can re-engage your workforce by valuing its members as people, rather than just tools within the process.

The four authors argue that the rise of the 'omnipotent leader', who focuses on telling rather than leading, risks creating a new generation of feudal CEOs and needs to be resisted. With the help of Aristotle, Socrates, Kant and Nietzsche, as well as a whole host of other brilliant minds, they turn traditional management practices on their head, showing how moving away from traditional, hierarchical, risk focused control structures can lead to improved employee engagement, increased productivity and better outcomes for the entire business.

About the authors

Alison Reynolds

Alison Reynolds is a business leader and consultant in strategy execution. She is part of the Faculty in Executive Education at Ashridge Business School.

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Jules Goddard

Dr Jules Goddard is the leading proponent and practitioner of action learning programmes at London Business School, UK, where he has taught since earning his PhD. He has designed and directed discovery programmes for senior executive teams from a wide variety of multinational corporations. He was the first person to be appointed The Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce chair and now serves on the Academic Council of the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP) at INSEAD.

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Dominic Houlder

Dominic Houlder is an Adjunct Professor in Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management at London Business School. He is internationally recognised as a leading business strategist.

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David Lewis

David Lewis is Programme Director for Executive Education at London Business School and a renowned strategy and leadership expert.

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This book restores to business thinking much of the common sense and time-polished wisdom that modern economic thinking has leached away.

Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman, Ogilvy UK