Off the Leaderboard: Drucker Apps Looks at the BP Oil Spill and its Lessons on Leadership

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The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University today added a new topic to Drucker Apps, an ongoing conversation about bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership.

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“Harry Truman’s folksy ‘The buck stops here’ is still as good a definition as any . . . of effective leadership” –Peter Drucker

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University today added a new topic to Drucker Apps, an ongoing conversation about bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership.

This latest addition to Drucker Apps was inspired by the recent Capitol Hill appearance of British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward —and the questions now swirling about Hayward’s leadership. Taking part in the running dialogue on this topic will be will be former Southwest and Braniff Airlines CEO Howard Putnam; Stanford University professor and author Jeffrey Pfeffer; and others with insights into effective leadership.

As with every installment of Drucker Apps, this online dialogue is informed by the words of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management. In this way, Drucker Apps ties the timeless wisdom of one of the great thinkers and writers of the 20th century to the hottest issues of today, all delivered by the latest in 21st-century technology.

The way Peter Drucker saw things, accepting responsibility is one of the primary requirements of any leader. The best “see leadership as responsibility rather than as rank and privilege,” Drucker wrote. “Effective leaders are rarely ‘permissive.’ But when things go wrong—and they always do—they do not blame others. . . . An effective leader knows that he, and no one else, is ultimately responsible.”

We invite you to join our Drucker Apps conversation about leadership. We open things up with this question: What leader have you read about or personally worked with who best exemplifies the buck-stops-here standard?

To participate, please visit: http://apps.druckerinstitute.com.

About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a think tank and action tank whose purpose is to better society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. It does this, in large part, by advancing the ideas and ideals of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.

The Institute acts as a hub for a worldwide network of Drucker Societies: volunteer-driven organizations that are using Drucker’s teachings to bring about positive change in their local communities.

In addition, the Institute maintains a digital archive of Drucker’s papers; undertakes research that builds on Drucker’s writings; offers an annual $100,000 prize for nonprofit innovation; produces curricular material that distills Drucker’s decades of leading-edge thinking, including a management training system called Drucker Unpacked; applies Drucker’s work to current events (through a regular online column in Bloomberg Businessweek by Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman and through a social media tool called Drucker Apps); and hosts visiting fellows with Drucker-like insights and values.

The Institute is a close affiliate of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, which is training the next generation of leaders and managers to do good while they do well.

For more on the Drucker Institute, please visit: http://www.druckerinstitute.com.

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