Management, emotion and reason

David Hurst

Few management books deal with the relationship between emotion and reason. Typically writings have been about the roles of either reason or emotion, not about how they interact with each other. If the interaction is discussed at all, the conclusions are often negative, denigrating the role of emotion. Emotion is seen as the opposite of reason, alien to it and detracting from it; it’s almost as if it were a moral weakness or a character deficiency. Indeed, many management scientists and economists seem to have vowed to restrict themselves to the use of reason alone. If they studied horse racing, they would focus on the jockeys and ignore the horses. Perhaps this is why their only motivators are the equivalents of whips and carrots!

David Hurst, The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World.

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