No one would describe the business executive of the 1950s as charismatic. Yet today charismatic business leaders such as Jobs, Musk, Winfrey, and others are in great demand. Why has this change taken place? What does it mean for the future?
This event will consist of a presentation by Professor Richard S. Tedlow of his new book, The Emergence of Charismatic Business Leadership, followed by a discussion with audience Q&A. The basic idea of the book can be simply stated. In the 1950s, generally speaking, they were very few charismatic business leaders. Today charisma is in great demand by boards of directors selecting CEOs.
After spending over three decades on the HBS faculty, Professor Tedlow was recruited by Apple to become part of Apple University, the company’s executive education arm. He was at Apple on October 5, 2011, the day Steve Jobs died.
Professor Tedlow was astonished by the reaction in the United States and around the world to Jobs’s death. The company was inundated by condolence messages. People placed bouquets of flowers in front of Apple stores!
Never in American Business history had the death of a CEO been greeted by such an outpouring. Jobs has always been viewed as the touchstone of the charismatic business leader. And that quality, Tedlow believes, provoked the global response. This phenomenon is what we will wrestle with during the event.
Participants must register by NOON on November 2nd to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
MBA Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
Richard S. Tedlow is the Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he is a specialist in the history of business.
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