Fordham Notes: Business Leadership: A Lesson in Kindness

Friday, October 17, 2008

Business Leadership: A Lesson in Kindness

One of Fordham’s newest faculty members, William F. (Bill) Baker, Ph.D., University Professor and Journalist in Residence in the Graduate School of Education, will be airing a new program on Thirteen/WNET New York And WLIW21 New York, Leading with Kindness, an inside look at successful organizations and their leaders.

An expanding group of innovative executives have discovered a new and unusual way to increase profitability and productivity among their workers. The secret? They are leading their employees with kindness, as detailed in Baker and Michael O'Malley's book, Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results (AMACOM, 2008).

Leading with Kindness
Sunday, October 19, 10 p.m. | WLIW New York
Sunday, November 23, 10 p.m. | Thirteen/WNET New York.

To dispel the notion that a boss has to be imperious to succeed, Thirteen/WNET president emeritus Baker and co-author O'Malley bring their book to public television viewers in the new one-hour special by the same name. The program, hosted by Baker, interviews executives of Google, Eileen Fisher and Pitney Bowes, among other leading firms. In addition to interviews with executives, the program features company profiles and expert commentary provided by O'Malley, and shows how leadership traits and business practices common among top executives have led to their company's growth and success.

Baker is president emeritus of Thirteen/WNET and executive in residence at Columbia University Business School. Michael O'Malley is senior editor for business, economics, and law at Yale University Press and adjunct professor at Columbia University Business School.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting notion. The Golden Rule and success in business shouldn't be at odds. Employees are human beings, not machines, so leadership in an organization needs to take everyone into account.

I definitely will be watching Bill Baker's program.

News Blog said...

Thanks, we're enthused about it here in News and Media Relations, too.

The book is apparently available through, as well.