By: Mallory Monaco Caterine

In 2018, thirteen intrepid classicists ventured into uncharted territory: they wrote business cases for the “Becoming a Leader” series of Ancient Leadership case studies for the online SAGE Business Cases (SBC). Following on their successful experiment, I would like to invite any interested classicists, historians, and archaeologists to submit case proposals for “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership”, the next series of Ancient Leadership cases for SBC.

The Ancient Leadership collection within SBC explores leadership in Classical history, mythology, philosophy, and material culture in a way that is engaging and useful for business students and instructors at the undergraduate and graduate level. This project is a chance for those of us who work in the ancient world to experiment with a very mainstream method of leadership pedagogy and hopefully to teach a wider audience about the central importance of the humanities for leadership study and training. We expect that each of the case studies will illustrate the ways in which the humanities makes important–if not unique–contributions to the study of leadership and the training of leaders:

  1. by improving emotional intelligence (e.g., empathy, perspective-taking, self-awareness),
  2. by improving ethical decision-making,
  3. by helping leaders to use language/metaphors to understand, instruct, and inspire, and
  4. by helping leaders think more critically and independently about all problems of leadership.

For a sample case from the “Becoming a Leader” series, see here.

Emotional Intelligence is popular, albeit controversial, concept in business approaches to leadership, as well as many other facets of modern life. Emotional intelligence encompasses the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal(s). In our sources from ancient Mediterranean cultures (not limited to Greece and Rome, but also Persia, Phoenicia, Lydia, Egypt, Etruria, etc.), leaders are often evaluated on, advised about, or even boastful of their skill at managing their own emotions and those of their followers. The ancients’ attention to the emotional aptitude of their leaders provides ample material for case studies on the intersection between emotional intelligence and leadership. For suggested questions about emotional intelligence and leadership which may be treated in these cases, as well as links to case guidelines and templates, see the SBC call for submissions here.

Case proposals are due by January 11, 2019. Each case proposal submission will consist of a case abstract and a set of proposed learning outcomes. The abstract (no more than 200 words) should provide a succinct overview of your case, giving SBC users a quick snapshot to assess your case’s relevance to their classroom or research needs. It should also highlight the relevant decision point of your case. The learning outcomes should enumerate the specific learning goals of the case, highlighting what students should take away from the case, and emphasizing the key lessons the material intends to impart. They should be formatted as a bulleted list, with no more than six individual learning outcomes. Case proposals can be submitted via this form.

Authors will be notified of proposal decisions by February 1, 2019. An online session for accepted authors will be held in mid-March to discuss writing effective business cases and field authors’ questions about the publication process; this will be scheduled at a time to be accessible to the greatest number of participants. Authors are expected to submit their case narratives (1000-5000 words), along with companion teaching notes, by June 1, 2019, for review by the series editor and the SBC developmental editors. Authors will be compensated $500 by SAGE when their case materials are accepted for publication.

Please don’t hesitate to email Mallory Monaco Caterine ( at any point with questions on the series, the publication process, etc.


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