Case Study on Leadership and Diversity

The final essay will be your response to a case study from Harvard Business School on the application of ethics and inclusion on leadership and decision-making. The case requires you to understand the subject of the case (John Rogers, Jr.), the company he runs (Ariel Investments), and the difficult situation he’s been put in as both a CEO and a caring member of the community. 

Please see the assignment description as well as the critical thinking questions and ensure that you cover all required areas and formatting. Note this is worth 175 points.


  1. Read “John Rogers, Jr., Ariel Investments Co., a Harvard Business School Case Study” (attached) 
  2. Write an essay that provides a brief synopsis of the case study and then expresses your reaction to the case as well as answers the Critical Thinking questions below. These answers should help to direct your responses and how you think about the case, requiring you to think of how you would handle the situation if you were in John Rogers’ shoes. Your essay should demonstrate your understanding of the case as well as the core material we’ve learned throughout the course. and applying the things we’ve learned throughout the course.
    • Technical Writing Requirements:
      1. Your paper should be in APA format, include a title page and reference page, and be a minimum of 750 words.
      2. Four peer-reviewed sources are minimally required: at least two must be from the textbook, at least one from the “Additional Reading” material, and at least one should be a peer-reviewed source you find to support your response.

CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS (to address in response):

Question 1: 

According to professor Julia Battilana of Harvard Business School, there are three types of leaders:  (1) Agitator surfaces the problems; (2) Innovator develops the solutions to the problems; (3) Orchestrator spreads the solutions so that others can apply them. 

      1. What type(s) of leader is John? (Note that good leaders can be more than one type.)
      2. Are John’s actions driven by emotions that eventually cause him to be reckless? Or does he follow a logical decision-making process with clear and achievable outcomes in mind?

Question 2:  

Should John, as the CEO, publically advocate for controversial issues? Consider that we know that decisions should drive by pure emotion to “do the right thing”. There are three key variables that should be considered: (1) Success of their company relative to the industry; (2) Their personal passion for a particular issue; and (3) The CEO’s risk tolerance.

Question 3: 

What are the risks and rewards to John Rogers? Discuss both and weigh out the pros and cons of your position based on this framework.