By @SimonCocking, can philosophy help you in the workplace? We consider this book which suggests you can. “What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader” was published on October 3rd, and is available from KoganPage here, written by the following 4 authors,
Traditional management practices, rooted in economics and psychology, have led to a focus on numbers and productivity rather than the people who make those numbers happen. This has resulted in trust in leaders and organizations being at an all-time low. What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader expertly counters this thinking and argues that those leaders who will win in the uncertain and complex world of work, are the ones focusing on their workforce and valuing its members as people, rather than just tools within the process.
What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader considers the main questions plaguing today’s leaders through the eyes of four of the greatest philosophers. With the help of Aristotle, Socrates, Kant and Nietzsche, as well as a whole host of other brilliant minds, they smash widely held workplace falsehoods and unveil a new model for empowerment, fulfilment and harmony at work.
What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader is a fascinating account of how we can reconnect company, people and shareholder interests. It answers perennial leadership concerns like questions of people engagement, key performance indicators or even generational differences at work through the lens of philosophy, with its focus squarely on how to live and help others live fulfilling lives at work.
Review of What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader
This is an interesting book. Can philosophy really help your business? The authors have selected a range of philosophers too, from Aristotle to Nietzche and many more. This does, potentially enable you to perhaps that flavour that suits you. As we read this, we did wonder if this was potentially offering everything to everybody, depending on which element works best for you?
In its favour, reading, and contemplating a range of thinkers and ideas in a book like this, simply by the act of reading, and being offline to read this in a non digital way, it does reaffirm the importance of getting an overview on operational matters. This does help to potentially differentiate this book from mere leadership management books as it does go back to the original sources.
The challenge is always to take time out to read rather than merely scrolling and swiping. With such a wide range of philosophers included in this book there is the potential to find some insights and ideas that might work for your own business. It could also be said that after the exposure of some less than ethical practices by leading global tech brands recently it might also do no harm for their leaders to emerse themselves in a deeper study of ethics. Something which could benefit their operational ethos.
One to read on the daily commute or in your hammock perhaps?
About the authors
Alison Reynolds is a business leader and consultant in strategy execution. She is part of the Faculty in Executive Education at Ashridge Business School.
More about Alison Reynolds
Jules Goddard is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School, where he has taught competitive strategy and creative marketing for 30 years.
More about Jules Goddard
Dominic Houlder is an Adjunct Professor in Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management at London Business School. He is internationally recognised as a leading business strategist.
More about Dominic Houlder
David Lewis is Programme Director for Executive Education at London Business School and a renowned strategy and leadership expert.
More about David Lewis
See more reviews here.
More information about Irish Tech News and the Business Showcase
FYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now gets over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!
Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.
Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you and hopefully we can share your story too and reach our global audience.
Irish Tech News
Join To Our Newsletter
You are welcome