Lessons of Educating Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

Cynthia Wagner Weick

in The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195390483
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Lessons of Educating Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

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Regaining public trust, surviving the recession, harnessing the talents of a diverse workforce, managing globalization, addressing resource limitations, and leveraging advances in science and technology. These challenges demand that we recast our concept of what makes for effective business leadership. Leadership is best viewed not as the role of a single person, but as a process that is spread throughout the organization and considers a wide range of stakeholders. The dimensions aligned with this distributed leadership model include tenacity, judgment, communication skills, sensitivity to trends, emotional intelligence, the capacity to learn, moral virtue, humility, and the ability to create environments that inspire others. Various approaches for learning these dimensions are available beyond formal education, including self-directed learning, dialogue with others, and company-sponsored avenues. These methods are adapted to different learning styles, schedules, purposes, circumstances, and life stages, and can be made widely accessible to those who choose to improve themselves.

Keywords: business leadership; distributed leadership; leadership dimensions; leadership skills; leadership characteristics; leadership models; learning methods; leadership development

Article.  11327 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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