Podcast: How Can Business Education Develop Compassionate Leaders?

February 17, 2022
  • Brent Stewart
  • Brent Stewart
    Digital Strategy & Content Leader at Barry-Wehmiller

We want to help future generations become leaders who care, not managers who manage.

It’s been a mission of our CEO, Bob Chapman, to bring our message of Truly Human Leadership to educational institutions and we’re starting to see progress, though so much more is to be made.

Bob has long been a guest lecturer for the Olin School of Business leadership series at Washington University in St. Louis. We’ve introduced our leadership model to students and faculty at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and at Cal State Northridge.

Additionally, two case studies about our approach to leadership have been written. One, written by a former McKinsey partner who is now on faculty of IE Business School, is being taught across Europe.

And the other, written by Harvard Business School Professor Jan Rivkin, is being used at more than 70 schools and is available in three languages (English, Spanish and Japanese). The wide range of schools which have adopted it include Yale, USC, Washington University-St. Louis, Western University in Canada, Northumbria University in England, the University of Texas at San Antonio and several campuses of the Indian Institute of Management. At Harvard Business School, it has been used in an unusual collection of courses, including a corporate finance course and a popular elective called “Crafting Your Life.” The case has also received a “bestseller” status on HBS’ website based on the number of units sold during the last six months.

Recently, we began working with educators at Fordham University. You’ll be hearing more about those efforts soon, but on this episode of our podcast, we want to share a conversation about the future of business education with two people intimately involved with trying to train a new generation of leaders to be Truly Human Leaders.

Brian Wellinghoff is BW’s Director of Strategy, Improvement and Culture. Brian has been our point person for connecting with educational institutions.

He’s talking with Sophia Town, PhD, an assistant professor of organizational behavior in the leading people and organizations area at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University.

Sophia’s research focuses on leadership and human flourishing. She explores how people navigate the increasing complexities of work. Her classroom work is guided by the question: How can we use business education to develop compassionate leaders and build a flourishing world?

You can listen to Brian’s and Sophia’s conversation through the link above as they discuss the need and efforts to include Truly Human Leadership in the training of our leaders of tomorrow.


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