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Leadership and Wisdom Narrating the Future Responsibly

Edited By Wendelin Küpers, Matt Statler Copyright 2020
    250 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Leadership and Wisdom: Narrating the Future Responsibly gives business students and practitioners the opportunity to re-read tales, poems, myths and fables that have been interpreted by leading management scholars in order to translate the world’s folk wisdom into insightful and actionable lessons for a more responsible leadership practice.

    Most, if not all, cultures generate narratives that teach people how to make sense of the world and how to respond to challenges with wisdom. These sources provide a medium for character, as well as a guide for decision-making in ambiguous and uncertain circumstances. Management and organization scholars increasingly focus on what narrative wisdom traditions can teach us about leadership and organizational practices, and this book is designed to bring it to students and practitioners. Statler and Küpers have assembled a world-class team of contributors, who reflect on narratives near and dear to them, and draw out the lessons for leaders.

    With consistency throughout and end-of-chapter questions, this book enables all readers – including undergraduate and postgraduate students of leadership, management and organization studies, as well as interested researchers and practitioners – to reflect on the contents and implications of folk wisdom.

    List of Tables

    List of Figures

    List of Photos

    Acknowledgements and Dedication

    List of Contributors

    1. The Sandpiper and the Clam Struggle"
    2. Christopher Michaelson

    3. in his chapter titled "Don’t fly too close to the sun
    4. Eugene Sadler-Smith,

    5. Choosing Our Cross with Wisdom: A Folktale for Living and Leading.
    6. Elena Antonacopoulou and Regina Bento

    7. King Popiel, the killer mice and the story of the post-lie leadership
    8. Monika Kostera and Michał Izak

    9. The Wisdom of Others - Cultural Acclimatization and Engaged Leadership
    10. Tim Gilman-Ševčík

    11. A Tale from the Ah-Ah Country
    12. Elen Riot

    13. Laocoön, Leadership and Wisdom
    14. Robin Holt

    15. How You Wanna Go?: Learning from the Unfortunate Rake
    16. Matt Statler

    17. Stories of Merlin as Tales of Wisdom

    Wendelin Küpers



    Wendelin Küpers is Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies at Karlshochschule International University, Germany and affiliated Professor at ARTEM ICN Business School Paris, Nancy, Berlin.

    Matt Statler is the Richman Family Director of Business Ethics and Social Impact Programming and a Clinical Associate Professor of Business and Society at NYU Stern School of Business, USA.