Evelopment Tasks for Responsible Leadership

Topic: Responsible Leadership.

The Financial Times defines a?Responsible Leadershipa as a?……………… about making business decisions that, next to the interests of the shareholders, also takes into account all the other stakeholders, such as workers, clients, suppliers, the environment, the community and future generations.

When it comes to responsible leadership, here are examples of some questions to consider:

1.Are your business activities sustainable and are not polluting the surrounding environment?

2.Do you identify systemic risks that your activities might contribute to, or do you take short term risks for quick profits that could endanger the reputation of your company?

3.Do you care about the welfare of your workforce?

4.Have you checked that your subcontractors do not use child labour? a?
Explore the resources available from the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative available at thetenprinciples/index.html

Now…. some heavy duty reading : Peruse (you can read all 63 pages in depth if you want but I suggest skim-reading for key points) the article from Mirvis et al (2010) Responsible Leadership Emerging

If that is not enough, you will note that there are some 132 reference sources at the end of the article that can point you to further research on the topic should you wish.

You may also wish to look at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) article on The Sustainable Business.

Think about the relevance of these concepts to your own work experiences. Using the Discussion Forum, post a short (yes short) a?stream of consciousnessa about how these concepts are, or should be, applicable to your own Industry Sector or Organisation.