Responsible Leadership

Since Enron, Worldcom and other high-profile cases of management and leadership misconduct, those involved in business leadership have become increasingly aware that one of the core challenges, if not THE challenge, in business today is leading responsibly and with integrity. But what exactly is responsible leadership in an era of globalization? What makes a responsible leader? And how can responsible leadership be developed?

by Thomas Maak, Nicola Pless
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

Since Enron, Worldcom and other high-profile cases of management and leadership misconduct, those involved in business leadership have become increasingly aware that one of the core challenges, if not the challenge, in business today is leading responsibly and with integrity. But what exactly is responsible leadership in an era of globalization? What makes a responsible leader? And how can responsible leadership be developed?

Responsible Leadership identifies the crucial dimensions of responsible leadership in business. The chapters focus on the capabilities, virtues and competences that individuals need to lead people and organizations in global, multicultural and complex business environments and considers innovative initiatives and ways to further responsible leadership.

This exciting new book, edited by Professors Thomas Maak and Nicola Pless, provides the reader with ideas, concepts and cases on responsible leadership. It is an essential purchase for all business students, academics and professionals concerned with leadership in 21st century business.

'Business leadership must have at its core an extraordinary obligation to do the right thing. Here, for the first time, we have a comprehensive study of what doing the right thing really is - of how Responsible Leadership can and should become a central feature of how we do business.'

Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr., CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers

'Seldom has a single book united so many different voices so well. A global list of premier thinkers and successful practitioners tackle the definition of "responsible leadership." The result is provocative and multi-layered.'

Thomas Donaldson, Mark O. Winkelman Professor of Legal Studies, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

'At last! A book that takes ethics and responsibility as serious and central components of leadership. This is one of the rare books on leadership that is worth reading and re-reading. The chapters give us a deep and practical understanding of how "responsible leadership" can work. It should change the way that we think about leadership and organizations.'

R. Edward Freeman, Olsson Professor of Business Administration & Academic Director, The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, The Darden School, University of Virginia

'A unique exploration of the multiple facets of responsible leadership, this fascinating book certainly challenges and inspires leaders to reconcile their dilemmas, to lead from within with authenticity, to develop and retain others, and to pave the way towards a society where ethics and economics meet together. A great(ly awaited) work that should become the compass of a growing number of leaders for the years to come.'

Luc Janin, Vice President & Deputy Managing Director, EMEA , Personnel Decisions International, PDI

Routledge, 2005

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