Becoming a Jedi Manager The Force Awakens through Classic Leadership Perspectives
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Popular culture has been used in management education to illustrate leadership concepts. This paper suggests taking one particular piece of popular culture, the Star Wars saga, to analyze the leadership traits of the mystical Jedi. Real-world managers can be informed by their em- phasis on mindfulness and mentoring. However, managers must also be wary of over extending self through multi-tasking as well as dwelling on failures for too long as these have been pitfalls of the Jedi. This paper recommends ways in which instructors can explore the topics of mindfulness, mentoring/developing, multi-tasking, and failing while noting some challenges of engaging these topics.
Keywords: Star Wars, popular culture, mindfulness, mentoring, multi-tasking, failure, leadership, spirituality
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