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Critical thinking and responsible board leadership

Critical thinking and responsible board leadership

Coulson-Thomas, Colin (2022) Critical thinking and responsible board leadership. Effective Executive, 25 (2). pp. 15-30. ISSN 0972-5172

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The consequences of unsustainable growth, lifestyles and business activities represent an existential threat. Critical thinking, lifestyle changes, transition and transformation are required. This paper looks at the social and environmental responsibilities of business leaders. Aspirations, expectations, purposes, priorities, goals and objectives need to be critiqued, reviewed and reset. Visions, values, assumptions, beliefs and the social and environmental responsibilities of businesses should be challenged. Critical thinking can tackle groupthink. It should be encouraged by board chairs during and between board meetings and by CEOs throughout organizations. Asking relevant and insightful questions is an important skill for directors and executives. Confident boards welcome feedback. Responsible leadership, innovation, enterprise and capitalism should be about creating new options for stakeholders to live sustainably and in harmony with the natural world.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article draws upon a theme paper prepared by the author for the 16th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility which was organised by India’s Institute of Directors (IOD) ( Effective Executive is a quarterly peer reviewed journal of IUP (ISSN 0972-5172).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical Thinking, Leadership, Responsible Leadership, Boards of directors, Directors, Responsible boards, Responsible directors, Corporate Social Responsibility, Social and Environmental Responsibility, ESG, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Leadership, Corporate Leadership, Corporate Reputation, Responsible Consumption, Sustainable Lifestyles, Environmental Sustainability, Stakeholders, Stakeholder engagement, Corporate Governance, Corporate Strategy, Collaboration, Collective action, Collective Responsibility, Responsible leadership, Accountability , Accountability and Governance Issues, Existential Threats, Common problems, Shared goals and objectives, Aligned interests, Social Accountability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Leadership & Organisational Behaviour Research Group (LOB)
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2022 07:17

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