Successful leaders are great teachers, and successful teachers serve as models of leadership. This book enables both leaders and teachers to understand and use the best practices developed by award-winning professors, each of whom teaches one of the seven areas that are essential for business success.

These professors candidly discuss their successes and failures in the classroom, the mentors who inspired them, how they developed their teaching methods, and their rigorous preparation for class. Through descriptions of the professors in action, readers will gain an insider’s perspective on their teaching skills, and witness how they teach the seven essentials for success in a variety of settings—MBA, Executive MBA, and executive education courses. The chapters also describe the daily lives (professional and personal) of the professors, and the impact they have beyond the classroom in improving organizations and society.

If you are a leader or teacher—or if you are interested in the content of a business school education—this book provides an insider’s perspective on the best practices used by legendary professors when teaching the seven essentials that represent the core body of knowledge for business success. 

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

The Seven Essential Areas

The Core Body of Knowledge Taught at Business Schools

chapter Chapter 3|21 pages

Stanford Accounting Professor Charles Lee

Make Sound Investment Decisions While Searching for Truth in Your Personal Life

chapter Chapter 4|21 pages

Wharton Legal Studies Professor Richard Shell

Understand Your Legal Responsibilities as a Leader and Your Personal Motivation for Success

chapter Chapter 5|19 pages

Chicago Finance Professor Steven Kaplan

Learn How to Make Financial Decisions and Start a Business

chapter Chapter 6|23 pages

Michigan Management Professor Gretchen Spreitzer

Design Your Life to Thrive in the New World of Work

chapter Chapter 7|24 pages

Northwestern Marketing Professor Florian Zettelmeyer

Understand Data Analytics for Business Success

chapter Chapter 8|20 pages

MIT Operations Professor Georgia Perakis

Learn How to Improve Business Operations through Innovative Research and Practice

chapter Chapter 9|28 pages

Harvard Strategy Professor Jan Rivkin

Develop Skills to Formulate Strategy and Gain Competitive Advantage

chapter Chapter 10|29 pages

Lessons for Leaders and Teachers

The Teaching Process and the Power of Authenticity