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Questions of character : illuminating the heart of leadership through literature / Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr.

By: Badaracco, Joseph.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, c2006Description: viii, 221 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 1591399688; 9781591399681.Subject(s): Leadership | Leadership -- Moral and ethical aspectsDDC classification: 658.4/092 LOC classification: HD57.7 | .B334 2006Other classification: QV 584
Contents:
Do I have a good dream? : Death of a salesman by Arthur Miller -- How flexible is my moral code? : Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe -- Are my role models unsettling? : "Blessed Assurance" by Allen Gurganus -- Do I really care? : The love of the last tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Am I ready to take responsibility? : "The secret sharer" by Joseph Conrad -- Can I resist the flow of success? : I come as a thief by Louis Auchincloss -- How well do I combine principles and pragmatism? : A man for all seasons by Robert Bolt -- What is sound reflection? : Antigone by Sophocles -- Judging character.
Review: "Joseph Badaracco argues that literature helps leaders develop personal answers to specific questions. Serious fiction provides fresh, powerful perspectives on the fundamental dilemmas facing today's managers and executives. While reading compelling stories in which memorable protagonists grapple with questions of character, leaders can watch them worry, hope, commit, exult, regret, and reflect, while being tested, strengthened, or weakened. These experiences deepen leaders' self-knowledge, enabling them to be more effective." "Badaracco examines eight universal leadership challenges through the lenses of celebrated stories."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-210) and index.

Do I have a good dream? : Death of a salesman by Arthur Miller -- How flexible is my moral code? : Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe -- Are my role models unsettling? : "Blessed Assurance" by Allen Gurganus -- Do I really care? : The love of the last tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Am I ready to take responsibility? : "The secret sharer" by Joseph Conrad -- Can I resist the flow of success? : I come as a thief by Louis Auchincloss -- How well do I combine principles and pragmatism? : A man for all seasons by Robert Bolt -- What is sound reflection? : Antigone by Sophocles -- Judging character.

"Joseph Badaracco argues that literature helps leaders develop personal answers to specific questions. Serious fiction provides fresh, powerful perspectives on the fundamental dilemmas facing today's managers and executives. While reading compelling stories in which memorable protagonists grapple with questions of character, leaders can watch them worry, hope, commit, exult, regret, and reflect, while being tested, strengthened, or weakened. These experiences deepen leaders' self-knowledge, enabling them to be more effective." "Badaracco examines eight universal leadership challenges through the lenses of celebrated stories."--Jacket.

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Library Journal Review

The syllabuses for the business ethics classes taught by Badaracco (Harvard Business Sch.; Leading Quietly) read more like courses in the humanities than traditional business school curricula. In this work, Badaracco shares insights from eight classics that he explores in his MBA and executive education courses. These selections range from Sophocles' Antigone to Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. For each work, Badaracco raises a question that illuminates an important aspect of character and allows readers to engage in what can become for them self-critiques related mainly to executive leadership. Although we can't get inside the minds of leaders in the workplace to learn what makes them tick, in reading literature, we become intimately involved in the characters' lives as we digest their hopes, thoughts, decisions, actions, strengths, and flaws and learn what makes or breaks them. This literary angle will be appreciated in academic and larger public library business collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School and the author of several books, including Leading Quietly and Defining Moments , both published by HBS Press.<br>

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