In Her New Book Leadership, Woodbury University’s Dr. Joan Marques Examines Balance Between Ambition and Acceptance

BURBANK, CA – 31 Aug, 2016 – Reconciling competing impulses is an essential element of leadership – so maintains Joan Marques, Ph.D., Ed.D., Interim Dean of the School of Business at Woodbury University and Professor of Management,  in her latest  book, Leadership: Finding Balance Between Ambition and Acceptance (Routledge, 2016).

Leadership argues that finding satisfaction and sanity at work requires the development of both ambition and acceptance. While these traits seem to be at odds with one another, Dr. Marques shows that each has positive and negative elements, and that the trick is balancing the useful aspects of ambition and acceptance to maximize success.

Dr. Marques defines this balance and its relationship to success, featuring real-world examples, useful diagrams, and cases to encourage readers to reflect on how to apply these principles to their own lives.  Laying the foundation for understanding the need to develop both ambition and acceptance — and providing the context for what performance means in modern times — Dr. Marques presents a framework for growing in one’s own career. Aimed especially at those interested in career development, leadership and organizational behavior, the book provides a framework for how to evaluate competing impulses, and how to make critical decisions that define career success.

Dr. Marques earned an MBA from Woodbury and an educational doctorate (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.  In addition to degrees from Woodbury and Pepperdine, Prof. Marques has a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands and a B.S. in Business Economics from MOC, Suriname.  She also holds an AACSB Bridge to Business Post Doctoral Certificate from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business.  She is cofounder of The Business Renaissance Institute, president and cofounder of the Academy of Spirituality and Professional Excellence, and a member of the Academy of Management, the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society and the Phi Delta Kappa National Honor Society.

Swiftly transitioning from student to teacher, Dr. Marques has served as an academic advisor since 1999 and an adjunct faculty member since 2001, eventually becoming Director and Chair of the BBA Program and Chair of the Management Department, where she is a full professor.  Her teaching focuses on leadership, ethics, and organizational behavior, and her research interests pertain to the same areas with specific focus on workplace spirituality and leadership awareness.

Dr. Marques is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books on management and leadership topics, including most recently Spirituality and Sustainability: New Horizons and Exemplary Approaches (Springer, 2016), with School of Business colleague Dr. Satinder Dhiman; Business and Buddhism (Routledge, 2015), in which Buddhism is approached as a leadership psychology, and Leadership and Mindful Behavior Action, Wakefulness (Palgrave-McMillan, 2014), in which she provides directives to leaders to adopt a wakeful mindset and abstain from the sleepwalking mode.  She is also the author of Courage in the Twenty-First Century (2013) and The Awakened Leader (2007), and co-author of, among others, Leading Spiritually (2014), Business Administration Education (2012), Laughter is the Best Teacher (2011), Stories to Tell Your OB Students (2011), From Me to We (2011), Managing in the 21st Century (2011), The Workplace and Spirituality (2009), and Spirituality in the Workplace (2007). 

About Woodbury University

Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California.  The university ranks 15th among the nation’s “25 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” according to Money Magazine, and is a 2016-17 College of Distinction.  With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor’s degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Liberal Arts, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture.  The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in Real Estate Development.

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