In the Business World, Leadership is Not Democratic – Andrew Field

Mar 17 • ClarkMorgan Insights, Management and Leadership Insights • 3443 Views • 1 Comment on In the Business World, Leadership is Not Democratic – Andrew Field

BUSINESS LEADERS ARE NOT VOTED IN BY CONSTITUENTS. Rather they are appointed, so they don’t have a mandate. Instead leaders should follow Confucianism and be benevolent, that is, someone who can make the hard decisions, but also identify with his constitutes and has empathy and understanding for all the stakeholders.

So says Dr Andrew Field, Associate Dean at Hult International Business School in Shanghai. Andrew is an expert in the field of higher education, with an academic focus on Chinese history and contemporary Chinese urban society and culture. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Andrew has spent much of his adult life living in China, including Taiwan, Beijing, and Shanghai. He has a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. Andrew is the author of the book ‘Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Modernity, 1919-1954‘ (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2010) and ‘Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist‘ and co-author of the book ‘Shanghai Nightscapes‘.

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One Response to In the Business World, Leadership is Not Democratic – Andrew Field

  1. April Liu says:

    Excellent insight! Andrew described what good business leaders is from the point of view of history and philosophy, and aroused strong cultural resonance of Chinese audience at the same time.

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