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Selected Case

published: 30 Jul 2018

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations

Abstract:
A participant in an executive education leadership course decides the material is irrelevant and repeatedly disrupts the classes during the week-long programme. Other participants become somewhat resigned, cease to engage and effectively “check out”. While they criticize him behind his back, they do nothing to make a positive change in the classroom. The case illustrates a common situation in which people fail to show leadership and thus allow themselves and others to be harmed. It also raises questions about the ethical obligations of a critic.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case illustrates a common type of situation in which people fail to show leadership and thus let themselves and others be harmed. It also raises questions about the ethical obligations of a critic. The main objective is to make plain that leadership failures occur in everyday social situations.

Keywords:
Leadership, Ethics, Group Dynamics


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