Nitin Nohria is the tenth dean of Harvard Business School, a post he has held since July, 2010. Nohria has previously served as co-chair of the Leadership Initiative, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development, and Head of the Organizational Behavior unit. Nohria’s large body of work (he is the author or co-author of 16 books) addresses the questions of human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance.
Nitin Nohria: If you make others around you feel that you took the best advantage of every opportunity you were given, I promise you, you will get more opportunity in the future.
In this century there are four billion people around the world who now have the possibility of enjoying the benefits of business.
Nitin Nohria: My advice to people is to be open-minded about where the opportunity is, but find opportunities that connect with your passions.
Do you add to the energy in the room or suck the energy out?
Nitin Nohria: I don’t think what you do is you teach leadership, what you do is you help people become better learners from experience so that they can enhance their own leadership.
Whenever we see examples of ethical or moral failure our knee-jerk reaction is to say "that was a bad person."
Entrepreneurs are people who have dreams that go far beyond currently available resources. Managers bring discipline. Leaders get organizations to look for new commitments.
Nitin Nohria: The best organizations allow human beings to acquire things that they value, to feel like a part of a team, to make sure the work they are doing is meaningful and that they have ways of defending their interests.
Many people possess an over-confidence in their own moral capacity. Nitin Nohria, dean of Harvard Business School, argues this overconfidence is what so often gets people in trouble.