Posted by: Francesca Di Meglio on December 30, 2009
Few people are looking forward to the new year as much as most MBAs. In 2009, MBAs got a bad rep for the role that some of them played in the economic crisis. MBAs are looking for a clean slate. Harvard Business School (Harvard Full-Time MBA Profile) MBAs, Daniel Gulati, Oliver Segovia, and John Coleman, are hoping to usher in hope in 2010 with a new book, they recently told the Harbus, the HBS student newspaper. The trio is spearheading a new book featuring 30 young Harvard MBAs and their inspirational stories.
Reimagining Leadership: How a New Breed of MBAs Is Rebuilding Capitalism from Within is expected to be about the evolution of leadership and will feature “reflections on issues central to leadership, business, and globalization in the 21st century,” according to the article.
Gulati, Segovia, and Coleman are encouraging recent Harvard MBAs to come forward with their inspirational life stories for consideration to be among the 30 featured in the book. While some MBAs might have been greedy and got caught up in the frenzy on Wall Street and elsewhere, Gulati said in the article, there are still many MBAs doing good work:
Many journalists have accused Harvard Business School alumni as being arrogant and greedy. This really reinforces negative, false stereotypes. But it also hides the fact that there are a lot of young people doing some really great things in the world right now, in their own startups, in the financing space, for the environment, in huge companies and in the non-profit sector.
One way, the creators add, to remind people of the positives that MBAs can bring to society is publishing a book like this one. Leave your nominations for MBAs who represent a new breed of businesspeople in the comments below, whether they are from HBS or another program. Feel free to nominate yourselves, too.