Nitin Nhoria

Dean, Harvard Business School

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“For business eductators, the key question is: how do we create this managers, who will need to be adept at recognizing and staying ahead of the efficency curve, responsive to unique local conditions in different markets, and working with colleagues to create various types of innovations? (…)” “To educate a new generation of global leaders, case studies, and  lectures of conceptual frameworks (such as the one on the three dimensions of the global competition above), are valuable, but to really prepare for the challenges they face, we need to get them out into the markets.”*

Jay O. Light

Former Dean, Harvard Business School

Jay O. Light

“We shall recommit ourselves to cultivating the qualities at the heart of leadership: an entrepreneurial point of view that can see longstanding problems through fresh eyes; judgement that leads to sound decision-making in complex, often ambiguous conditions; values and ethics; the ability to listen and communicate and a penchant for turning analysis into effective action”. “For all of us in business schools, it is by reaffirming our most fundamental and deeply held values that we can best adapt to an ever-changing environment and produce the kinds of business leaders that our world will always need”

Jordi Canals

Dean, IESE Business School, University of Navarra


“Management is more complex than any other profession, because it involves not only knowledge, but also capabilities and attitudes that are related to working with and interacting with other people, who are also free and have their own interests, values, duties and motivations. The sheer complexity of defining and sharing a model of leadership development should not stop business schools from working hard to make headway in this extremely important area for companies and societies alike”**

Pedro Nueno

Bertran Foundation Professor of Entrepreneuship, IESE Business School and President of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Pedro Nueno

“Another critical task for business schools that aspire to prepare their students for leadership roles is to cultivate the intangible but indispensable quality we call judgement. (…) Yet, the continuing evolution of the business world, along with its social and political environment, toward ever greater complexity makes it all the more important for leaders to be able to think through and make decisions in situations where no perfect understanding is possible, and no clear right answer exists. In addition to the judgment required to make wise decisions amid complexity and uncertainty, business leaders continue to need a strong sense of values, particularly now that the integrity of so many has been called into question and the roles and responsibilities of business are up for redefinition.”

Nuria Chinchilla

Professor, IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Nuria Chinchilla“Transcendental leadership is much richer than transactional or transformational leadership paradigms. To acquire the strengths that transcendental leaders need, business schools can help by developing curricula that prepare new generations to face these challenges. However, it is mainly the task of CEOs and business leaders to develop the skills of younger people.”

Antonio Argandoña

‘la Caixa’ Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility, IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Antonio Argandona “Whatever the aims of an organization may be, managers must achieve them and to do so they must secure the cooperation of the members of the organization, that is, of people who possess the human and material resources the company needs. Managers must monitor three state variables: profitability, attractiveness and consistency. These three variables are necessary for the survival and development of any organization, especially firms.”

Julia Prats

Professor, IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Julia Prats“Business schools must ensure that the explicit knowledge they provide (theoretical or practical) and the implicit values they transmit complement the companies’ activities and culture. (…) Companies coping with complex contexts and more demanding stakeholders are implementing changes in their structure and practices that demand more well-rounded managers. Business schools are adapting to provide the type of leaders both society and companies need.”

Mireia Las Heras

Assistant Professor, IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Mireia Las Heras“Transformational leaders go one step further in their understanding of leadership and seek to be charismatic in such a way that they push their collaborators to go beyond what is formally demanded for them, and motivate them to achieve intrinsic goals and increase the attractiveness of the organization. However, only transcendental leaders manage others by a contribution-based exchange relationship.”

BOOK-2012*Excerpted from from Canals Margalef, Jordi (Ed.) “Leadership Development in a Global World 
The Role of Companies and Business Schools

Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. (IESE Business Collection).


Book-2010**Excerpted from Canals Margalef, Jordi (Ed.) “The Future of Leadership Development: Corporate Needs and the Role of Business Schools” 

Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. (IESE Business Collection).