WHU opens Center for Responsible Leadership
The WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management has founded a Center for Responsible Leadership to bring together all activities in research and teaching in the fields of ethics and good governance.
“WHU trains students in a systematic way to become managers who are aware of their social responsibilities and prepared to fulfill them,” says Professor Martin Högl. With the new Center WHU aims to bring these issues even more to the forefront.
The Center’s objective is to reconcile theory and practice in the field of responsible leadership. Good leadership is based on three pillars—the will to lead, the skill to lead, and the integrity to lead. The Center for Responsible Leadership aims to integrate these three pillars.
In addition to its position as an internal resource for research and education, it will also be a platform for interaction between companies and researchers on the topics of leadership and business ethics. “Companies that want to educate their staff in this field will now have a central point of contact,” says Professor Jürgen Weigand, who jointly holds the Center’s Academic Directorship with Professor Högl.
“Our goal is not to polish the image of business education through a manager’s oath and some presentations on ethics,” Weigand explains. “It is much more important to create in future leaders a broad and profound understanding of values.”
The activities of the Center will relate primarily to the teaching in WHU’s core programs and in customized corporate programs as well as working on joint projects with companies, NGOs, and politics.