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What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader

Authors – Alison Reynolds, Jules Goddard, Dominic Houlder and David Lewis

Learn how to build and expertly lead a fulfilled and purposeful human-centred organisation using the thinking of four of the greatest philosophers.Explores how four great philosophers – Aristotle, Socrates, Kant and Nietzsche – would approach questions of empowerment, engagement, leadership, values and performance.

This book explains why modern organisational practices miss what matters the most – their people
Reveals how leaders and their people can progress towards being more fully flourishing persons in the workplace by smashing through seven common workplace fictions.

For decades, we have looked to management theorists, organisational psychologists and economists to tell us how we can squeeze the most out of people at work. The result? People are uninspired, feel like cogs in a machine and prefer to leave traditional work structures behind. Numbers and productivity can only get you so far.

What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader offers a different route that will allow you to reconnect with the humanist values of work. By turning to philosophy, and what it teaches us about finding fulfilment and living a good life, this book uncovers the ways you can re-engage your workforce by valuing its members as people, rather than just tools within the process.

The four authors argue that the rise of the ‘omnipotent leader’, who focuses on telling rather than leading, risks creating a new generation of feudal CEO’s and needs to be resisted. With the help of Aristotle, Socrates, Kant and Nietzsche, as well as a whole host of other brilliant minds, they turn traditional management practices on their head, showing how moving away from traditional, hierarchical, risk focused control structures can lead to improved employee engagement, increased productivity and better outcomes for the entire business.

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