Babson Professor Encourages Leaders to Re-Think the Way They Think

Elizabeth R. Thornton authors new book on objectivity and leveraging the power of seeing things as they are

The Objective LeaderBabson College Professor of Management Practice for Babson’s Executive Education, and Adjunct Lecturer of Entrepreneurship Elizabeth R. Thornton has authored The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things as They Are , a framework for understanding how objectivity, the most critical management skill, can help leaders make smarter decisions and get better results.

Her action-based approach to re-wiring the subjectivity of the human mind is drawn from personal interviews with hundreds of professionals, as well as 30 years of corporate experience as a manager and entrepreneur.

“I have developed this curriculum to help people increase their objectivity in all aspects of their lives,” said Babson College Professor, Elizabeth R. Thornton. “Objectivity is seeing and accepting things as they are without projecting our mental models, our biases, fears, background, and experiences, but instead responding thoughtfully, deliberately, and effectively to the opportunities and challenges of our lives.”
 
Within The Objective Leader, Thornton shares how losing a million dollars was the best thing that ever happened to her, as it forced her to learn about how subjectivity, the inability to see things as they are, can have personal, organizational, national and global consequences.

According to the publisher, “Thornton offers a proven strategy to get out of your own way – and enjoy the fabulous results that come with clarity. By balancing in-depth research with real-life experience, The Objective Leader can help readers from all walks of life overcome bias and subjectivity to maximize their own success, and [become] an effective leader in today’s world.”

The book is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound and Macmillan Publishers

About Elizabeth R. Thornton

Elizabeth R. Thornton has a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University. She studied at the Oxford Center for Management Studies, and holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a Professor of Management Practice for Babson’s Executive Education and an Adjunct Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and was also Babson’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Thornton has over 15 years of corporate experience with institutions such as American Express and Bank One, and more than 15 years of consulting and entrepreneurial experience with such clients as the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Clinton ‘92/The White House, and a global beverage company. She developed a new curriculum called the Principles of Objectivity and teaches it to graduate students and corporations through Babson’s Executive Education, using it as a guiding principle for leaders and entrepreneurs to balance their inherent subjectivity and passion with their ability to be objective. Thornton’s related views are now featured on Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​​​​​​​​​®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

By Brianna DiPietro, bdipietro@babson.edu, (781) 239-4548 | 2/10/2015 10:45 AM