A Vision for Business Schools Serving People and Planet
Chapter 3: Imagine leaders who act for the world
We need globally responsible leadership in order to manage the transformation and build a new society. The concept of leadership not only concerns individual traits but represents an adaptive process that encompasses multiple levels of society and knowledge. Responsible leadership for a sustainable world is a culture of responsibility, a collective phenomenon that occurs within a global context. Responsible leadership begins (but does not end) with individuals. Globally responsible leaders will need more cognitive sophistication to cope with the complexity of multi-dimensional responsibilities on a global level – as well as reflective awareness, critical thinking, multicultural and societal wisdom and the moral depth to weigh competing choices. These new dimensions complement existing traits, such as entrepreneurship and leadership competencies. Many leading business schools claim that their mission is to educate leaders who will advance the well-being of society. For example, Harvard Business School’s formal mission statement is “to educate leaders who make a difference in the world”.
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