Flexible Leadership and Evolving Commitments



The world in which we operate moves so quickly that it’s ill-advised for a leader to devote an organization’s undivided attention on one thing or one direction for too long. So in an effort to be nimble and flexible to changing conditions, a leader will make evolving commitments to many markets, funding or technology. But wouldn’t doing so put added stress on people within the organization scrambling to meet all these diverse commitments? How does such decision making impact an organization? What are the pros and cons and how should a leader respond?


Professor Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.

Professor Joseph L. Badaracco Jr., John Shad Professor of Business Ethics, Harvard Business School

Joseph L. Badaracco is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses on business ethics, strategy, and management in the School's MBA and executive programs. Badaracco is a graduate of St. Lou... More   View all posts

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