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Marin Alsop: A study in inclusive leadership – Compact Case

By Carrie J. Fletcher, Randall Peterson, Aneeta Rattan


This case study follows the career of world-renowned orchestra conductor Marin Alsop. As a gay woman in a blatantly male-dominated (and often sexist) field, Alsop faced significant challenges in her rise to the top of the profession. At virtually every turning point on her unconventional path, Alsop received the message that she should not or could not advance – and yet she did, relying on a nuanced mix of perseverance, self-awareness, and willingness to upend the status quo.

Learning objectives

After reading and analysing the case, students will be able to:

1. Articulate a core description of leadership identity.
2. Identify the ways in which personal identity can present leadership challenges.
3. Articulate a supported position on the question whether leaders are obligated to advocate.


Publication Date: March 2022
LBS Case Code: CCS-22-003
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Pages: 3
Format: pdf