At Harvard Business School, Lessons in Leadership From Literature

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For lessons on leadership, there are few better sources than literature. For the last 12 years, Harvard Business School students, who take a class on literature and leadership, have been scanning the pages of books, mostly fiction, for lessons to help them tackle business’s most challenging dilemmas. The class, which begins in the first week of September, was created by Joseph L. Badaracco, who tells students to ignore literary symbolism. “View the books as terrific case studies,” he says. “They’re about real people making hard decisions.”

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