Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the Ernest L. Arbuckle professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, received the 2019 Thought Leader Award at ISA’s Annual Business Retreat this year. The award recognizes those whose body of work in support of work-related learning and performance has significantly influenced people and organizations.
Shortly before the Retreat, ISA Board Member Tricia Naddaff, President of Management Research Group, had the opportunity to present the award to Rosabeth at Harvard Business School and talk with her about her work, her perspective on today’s challenges and what continues to inspires her today.
What followed was a wide-ranging conversation about topics ranging from change, innovation and the evolution of democracy to gender equality, the energizing effect of taking action and “Kanter’s Law: Everything looks like a failure in the middle.”
The video of that conversation shows that Rosabeth’s work and voice are more urgent, thought-provoking and relevant than they’ve ever been. She also delivers a call to action for leaders everywhere to step up to the big challenges of today, for the good of everyone. As she says, “If we want to be healthy, we need purpose and meaning. If we want to be healthy, we need to tackle things.”