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Leadership is making this world a better place.

This multi-stakeholder or ‘people-planet-profit’ perspective is what leadership makes sustainable. “Aligning self-interest to social responsibility is the most powerful way to sustaining a company’s success,” quotes Austin (2006) Starbucks’ CEO Orin Smith. Or as Professor Kurt April formulated it: “We need leaders … Continue reading

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Imagine your actions on the front page of a newspaper.

Perception is key in leadership. It’s not only having the right intention or doing the right things. It’s not only personal leadership. It’s also meeting the expectations of all kinds of stakeholders. These stakeholders have become much more intrusive than … Continue reading

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“Half of the MBA students find greed a good thing.” Musings on responsible entrepreneurship and the hand of the leader.

“Half of the MBA students find greed a good thing,” said Thomas Maak yesterday during his lecture with his wife Nicola Pless on responsible leadership. They are both professors and researchers in the field of business ethics. “A lot of … Continue reading

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Responsible leadership: “move beyond the smell, sleep and newspaper test.”

“Aligning self-interest to social responsibility is the most powerful way to sustaining a company’s success,” says Starbucks’ CEO Orin Smith. A larger notion of responsibility is moving to the centre of business leadership in the 21st Century. We’re moving away … Continue reading

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