At the Research Committee meeting last week, a proposal on ‘Worldly Leadership’ was approved. The research team intends to explore, understand and learn from non-Western models of leadership by partnering with universities in China, India and, later, countries in South America, Africa and the Middle East.
Most existing leadership models are dominated by a western mindset, yet we know that there is lots to be learned from parts of the world that traditionally have not had a ‘voice’. This research proposal comes at a time when capitalism is being called into question, and business schools taken to task for exacerbating self-interest and greed by institutions and the people who lead them.
The research is connected to the Worldly Leadership Initiative with which Ashridge is closely involved, supporting the lead partner, The Leadership Trust. The Initiative is hosting the Second Worldly Leadership Summit on 6-7 September at the Leadership Trust’s premises in Ross-on-Wye.