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Can Business Schools Humanize Leadership?

Academy of Management Learning & Education, Forthcoming

INSEAD Working Paper No. 2015/18/OBH

56 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2015  

Gianpiero Petriglieri

INSEAD - Organisational Behavior

Jennifer Petriglieri

INSEAD - Organisational Behavior

Date Written: February 23, 2015

Abstract

This article examines how and why business schools might be complicit in a growing disconnect between leaders, people supposed to follow them, and the institutions they are meant to serve. We contend that business schools sustain this disconnect through a dehumanization of leadership that is manifested in the reduction of leadership to a set of skills and its elevation to a personal virtue. The dehumanization of leadership, we suggest, serves as a valuable defense against, but as poor preparation for, the ambiguity and precariousness of leadership in contemporary workplaces. This article proposes ways to humanize leadership by putting questions about the meaning of leadership — about its nature, function, and development — at the center of scholarly and pedagogical efforts. Reflecting on our attempts to do so, we argue that it involves revisiting not just theories and teaching methods but also our identities as scholars and instructors.

Keywords: Business Schools, Identity Workspaces, Leadership Development, Management Education, System Psychodynamics

Suggested Citation

Petriglieri, Gianpiero and Petriglieri, Jennifer, Can Business Schools Humanize Leadership? (February 23, 2015). Academy of Management Learning & Education, Forthcoming; INSEAD Working Paper No. 2015/18/OBH. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2568625

Gianpiero Petriglieri (Contact Author)

INSEAD - Organisational Behavior ( email )

Finance area, Boulevard de Constance
Fontainebleau 77305
France

Jennifer Petriglieri

INSEAD - Organisational Behavior ( email )

Finance area, Boulevard de Constance
Fontainebleau 77305
France

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