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Apathy, Ambition, and Ruthlessness video debates

Teaching Note
Ryan Quinn
University of Louisville College of Business
Date of Publication: 2020
Leadership topics:
• Ambition
• Leadership
Product number (to be assigned)
Pages: pending


This document describes how to use a series of online videos for crafting in-class debates about appropriate levels of ambition for leadership. They enable instructors to lead students in discussions that compare when ambition goes too far, when it does not go far enough, and what is required of them if they want to exhibit ambition well.


Starter comment: This session can be useful in preparing students to make plans to be more ambitious when they use the Leadership Workout app, because it requires them to really think through when and how it is a good thing to be ambitious. It is also useful for thinking through the ethics of ambition.

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