Forgiveness can make us a better person but does it make a better leader? An eye for an eye for an eye for an eye…ends in making everyone blind. (Mahatma Ghandi)
The knee-jerk reaction of too many people in leadership positions when they feel wronged is righteous indignation and the urge for revenge. But one factor that sets truly transformational leaders apart from the run-of-the-mill is the ability to forgive – to let feelings of anger, resentment and blame fall away and become something constructive.
Great leaders know the art of reconciliation.
By Manfred Kets de Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development & Organisational Change with Jane Williams, Editor Knowledge Abu Dhabi
Graduate business school Insead has received a donation of $5 million from one of its alumni, Mr André Hoffmann.
Mr Hoffman, who holds an MBA from Insead, is the vice-chairman of Swiss global health-care company F. Hoffmann-LaRoche. His gift to the school will support the expansion of the school’s campus in Singapore, which is located at Ayer Rajah. In particular, it will go towards the construction of its new leadership development centre,
When completed in 2014, the six-storey centre will bring together business leaders from around the world.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Mr Hoffman said: “Insead provided me with a priceless asset: deep business insight and a global vision of management…Preparing for the future is a fundamental requirement of leadership and I consider it a moral obligation to contribute to the education of tomorrow’s global leaders.”
Published on Jul 03, 2013