To be honest, there is no easy answer to that question. In our Master’s Program Leadership at Karlshochschule International University, we are discussing leadership, the roles and competencies of leaders and many more aspects from a broad variety of standpoints. We are applying perspectives from business, organizational theory, psychology, sociology, etc. – talking and doing research about communicative action, leadership skills, leading in projects, and much more. But the more answers we get, the more new questions will arise. In the 2nd study year most of our students realize how dramatically these different perspectives of leadership can clash in the real world. In the 3rd semester they are busy with the so called “On-the-Job Assignment”, where they apply their newly acquired knowledge about leadership in a real world situations.
In the video you will probably find further perspectives on leadership: Professor Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative collaborated with the Design Thinking consultancy XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership to address some of societys most pressing problems.