Developing a New Genre of Compassionate Global Leaders: Self Reflection, Sustainability and Environmental Conservation in the MBA Classroom

By Wanda V. Chaves.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper discusses the design and implementation of an MBA Leadership course that was developed to address the critical need: (1) to develop leaders who are compassionate about the needs of others and the world as well as educated and passionate about current and future sustainability and environmental conservation issues and (2) to involve current and future business leaders immediately in the development and execution of viable solutions to address these problems. The class was designed around several different projects: a set of personal self-reflection and aspirations projects and an environmental sustainability case study. Students worked individually on their self reflection work to assess their individual strengths and weaknesses and to outline their goals and aspirations in life. They then worked in teams on a sustainability project that was designed around six critical environmental issues. Student teams conducted in-depth research on their issue and were asked to outline specific recommendations and develop a strategy to creatively promote the joint involvement of institutions in the private sector, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations to address these serious problems. Each team also developed an action plan that they would commit to personally and/or professionally in order to become involved in the solution of the problem. Before the end of the semester, students were asked to have completed at least one of their commitments on their action plans either individually or as a team.

Keywords: Management Education, Leadership Development, MBA, Business School Curriculum and Sustainability

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.79-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 526.356KB).

Dr. Wanda V. Chaves

Assistant Professor of Management, Management Department, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA

Wanda V. Chaves, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Tampa where she teaches leadership, international management, human resource management, and organizational behavior. Wanda received her doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in cross-cultural studies and foreign languages from the University of South Florida. Her work experience includes training, teaching, and consulting within the Training and Development and the Organization and Executive Development departments at the Walt Disney World Company as well as an external consultant for a variety of organizations across different industries.


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