Leadership & popular culture

In this episode, author Michael Urick discusses Emerald’s new series Exploring Effective Leadership Practices through Popular Culture. His own books in the series, A Manager’s guide to using the force and Leadership in middle-earth, take lessons from Star Wars and The Lord of The Rings to explore mentorship and learning, effective team work, mindfulness and multi-tasing, among other themes. What leadership qualities do Jedi have? Do Hobbits make good team members? What does it take to make an effective team or to become an influential leader? Join Michael Urick and Daniel Ridge as they talk about how popular culture and leadership techniques collide.

Speaker profile

Michael J Urick, PhD, MBA, MS, SSGB, SHRM-CP is Graduate Director of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence and Associate Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA USA). Urick has authored or co-authored over fifty publications, many of which are related to linking pop culture to theories, leadership, and generational issues at work. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Leadership and Management and Series Editor for Exploring Effective Leadership Practices through Popular Culture.

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  • How can Star Wars be used to learn about leadership, mindfulness and mentorship?
  • What is the dark side of management?
  • Do Jedis really make great mentors?
  • What role does teamwork play in Lord of the Rings and the workplace?
  • What were JRR Tolkien’s views on leadership

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