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John Sadowsky

As a teacher of leadership at Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France), I must say that I agree with Paul Danos that it is perfectly legitimate to teach leadership in business schools. I would go further to say that more than anything else leadership is lacking at all levels of our organisations today. When I teach leadership in various schools, corporations and seminars around the world, I focus on self-awareness and self-expression. The goal is not to “create” leaders in a classroom per se, but rather to change mindsets, to encourage participants to do the deep reflection about who they are, what is truly important to them, and the influence they would like to have on others and on their organisations. It is this type of reflection that is often lacking in schools, in our companies, and in our leaders. If the teaching of leadership can encourage reflection, open discussion, and changes of mentality around what it means to lead, that is certainly a worthwhile activity.

Paul Jones

I just read this about the difference between great and lousy leaders. It's definitely worth checking out.

Lao Tzu and Lisa Haneberg on Leadership(Corante blog)

Colin

I noticed an interview on the businesweek.com site with Sim Sitkin of Duke's Center for Leadership and Ethics, where he discusses some of these similar issues. For anyone interested, here it is:

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/jul2006/bs20060713_4922.htm

Steve Farber

What you’re saying through your curriculum, essentially, is that being in management doesn’t automatically qualify one as a leader. Needless to say, we've all met MBAs who come out of graduate school a little...um...short in the leadership department. Leadership isn’t about the letters after your name, your position on the org chart or the title embossed on your business card. Your emphasis on the key personal attributes (a giving spirit, etc.), I’m sure, makes all the difference in the world in preparing your students to lead as well as manage.

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