Think about your last discussion about leadership. Did it end with an inspirational message?
Stanford business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer argues “leadership as inspiration” doesn’t accomplish change. In fact, inspiration creates unrealistic expectations, he says.
During The Leadership Lunch, an inaugural event hosted by the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University, Pfeffer asked the audience to think differently about leadership.
“This a tough talk in some sense,” Pfeffer told the crowd of 200 local professionals, as he discussed a few points from his latest book, Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, which was a finalist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year. Pfeffer served as the keynote speaker for the event.
Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and he is recognized as one of the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50.
“We were honored to have Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer here in Indianapolis for this event,” said Julie Manning Magid, director for the Tobias Leadership Center and professor of business law at the IU Kelley School of Business on the IUPUI campus. “He is known for offering provocative ideas that are different from those you typically hear when you think of leadership and leadership education. This is what we encourage and promote—a positive space to consider different perspectives. That’s what the Tobias Leadership Center endeavors to do: To be a resource and to think critically about ways to move organizations forward.”