Referring to the recommended reading, students should use this as a starting point. There is much value in reading texts, in addition to academic papers and texts, written by practitioners. The business sections of bookstores abound with books by, and about, corporate leaders such as Reginald Ansett, Sidney Myer, Jack Welch, John Harvey-Jones, Richard Branson, and many, many more.
Business today is global, and most businesses, even though they might not realise it, are impacted by the global nature of business. The days of manufactured products being produced from raw material to finished product in one or two factories, are over. Consider the production of a suit sold in a UK high-street chain store. Suit designed in the UK; wool produced in Australia and topped in China, dyed in Italy, spun in Romania; cloth made in Yorkshire; cloth cut and suit made in Cambodia; sold in UK store (or online to someone living in Sydney).
This is just one example of globalisation - a concept of which leaders must be aware.
Students should be aware that sustainability has a much broader meaning than 'green' issues, such as renewable energy and recycling. Companies today must consider their Triple Bottom Line, which means that they must focus on the sustainability of People, Profits and the Planet. Leaders should be aware of the implications of all 3 Ps for their organisations, including, but limited to: flexible working, employee rights, equity, diversity and inclusion; ethical decision making and the trade off with the profit incentive (short term and long term); reputation risk in areas such as pollution, and the issues just mentioned. In turn, these topics may inform discussion on outsourcing, offshoring and recruitment practices, supplier choices, and stakeholder (and shareholder) engagement. Students should familiarise themselves with the ten principles of the UN Global Compact and the Principles of Responsible Management Education, as well as company annual reports that provide insights into these areas.