A business book might explain why it’s important to take advantage of multiple perspectives. But there are often too many model-driven models to adequately reflect the complexity of the real world. for those insights especially if you are in a management position. access to literary works
I read and recommend fiction when challenges arise. Great novels challenge me with diverse characters in different cultural contexts, identities, conflicts, and time periods. This complexity is what many leaders need most to change their perspective in a positive way.
As a Leadership Professor Here are seven literary values from a diverse group of writers that I have read and love. They make for an interesting summer reading and offer some surprising leadership lessons:
1. ‘Moore’s Account’
By Laila Lallami
This historical novel tells the experiences of America’s first black explorers. Moroccan slaves renamed Estebanico
An imaginary memoir presents European imperialism from an unlikely narrator’s perspective. And reminds me of an important lesson: Every leader must seek multiple perspectives. especially those that traditionally devalued society. to get a more complete picture of reality for them.
2. ‘To live’
By Yu Hua and Michael Berry
Originally banned in China But later dubbed one of the country’s most influential books, “To Live” tells the life path of Fugui, who used his wealth and became a humble peasant. While being swept into the arc of Chinese history – from the Civil War to the Cultural Revolution.
The power of this story stopped me in my path. And I immediately recommended this to my friends and family. It is a universal lesson that wealth and status are easily lost.
It’s also a constant reminder to consider that other people, including coworkers, might get through. What are they (or are going to) go through? And there may be more to them than they let go.
3. ‘Smoke Moth’
by Mohsin Hamid
This is the first novel from Mohsin Hamid of Pakistan, who has written the international bestsellers “Exit West” and “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”. Follow Daroo’s misfortune, whose life goes down after he’s fired from a bank job.
I made a habit of reading novels that felt intimate. I got a taste of how this portrayed modern Pakistan through a witty, sometimes witty, and sometimes admonishing story with a protagonist adept at making bad decisions and rationalization.
By Andrew Sean Greer
2018 Pulitzer Prize winner “Little” is one of my joys to read. Follow Arthur as he tries to overcome a breakup with his boyfriend by traveling the world. As usual, he soon finds his troubles behind.
This satirical novel has high entertainment value. It also reminds me of the folly of looking at ourselves to escape dissatisfaction with our professional or personal lives. In many ways, it’s a straightforward lesson that’s useful both in leadership and in our personal lives. consult
5. ‘The Wise Man’
by Colson Whitehead
From black American novelist Colson Whitehead, “The Intuitionalist” presents a straightforward conversation about race in the workplace and in society.
When Lily, the first black female instinct Accused of gross misconduct How will the truth be revealed? I found a call to action here: to go from understanding the benefits of diversity to supporting individuals with diverse perspectives.
Otherwise, they themselves risk getting entangled in or being overthrown in corporate politics.
by Min Jin Lee
A grand story of a Korean family in Japan that explores love, loyalty, and building success amid deep-rooted racism and generations.
In a time when there is more conversation about race and social justice The novel provides a perspective on racism from an entirely different system. by giving me a likeness and an understanding of myself
7. ‘Clara and the Sun’
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest book tells the story of Klara, an extraordinary “fake friend,” and offers a fascinating perspective on the potential of human-AI’s relationship and its ethical implications.
As a mother, I found meaning in vehemently exploring the choices parents made. There is also a favorite theme from Ishiguro’s various works: unselfish devotion can lead us to professional excellence. But it may disappoint us too. Therefore, we must choose our loyalty wisely.
Brooke Vaccovich is a Leadership Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University She is also the Director of Coaching for Zell Fellows, Kellogg’s Investment Accelerator Program In addition to Kellogg, Brooke has provided personalized coaching and executive support for nearly two decades. Follow her at LinkedIn.
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