What It Takes to Grow Leaders

As individuals climb higher in organizations, functional skills are not a differentiator of great leadership or a source of long-term competitive advantage, they are merely the price of entry. But while systematic processes for developing functional skills are carried out daily in organizations and at business schools worldwide, much less attention is given to the development of leadership skills. Mindy Hall talks to Kevin Cashman about what it takes to grow these skills, and how both organizations and individuals should approach their leadership development.

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The New IQ: Integrative Intelligence

On a recent flight home from Silicon Valley, I was lost in thought about innovation-rich cultures. Too often we think heroic inventors like Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison solely drive big breakthroughs. We create myths about inventive leaders, turning them into icons. In Steven Johnson’s great book on innovation, How We Got to Now, he asks, “who discovered the light bulb?” Simple question, right? The answer is not so simple. The real back story is that Edison purchased 40 existing light bulb patents, and then he worked with a team of people, who “heroically discovered” the light bulb.

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Executives Too Busy to Take Vacations

Work is getting in the way of much-needed vacations, according to the latest executive survey by recruitment and HR consulting firm, Korn Ferry. Two-thirds (67%) of the more than 400 U.S. executives surveyed online earlier this month said they had postponed or cancelled vacation plans in the past year due to demands at work.

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Has Performance Become Your Purpose?

Purpose is possibly the most elevating force of organizational, team and individual performance. But as important and as expansive as it can be, it can be easily lost in hyperactive distractors and short-term financial pressure. However, it is precisely during these times when we should challenge leadership and pause to consider: “Has performance become our purpose, or is our purpose driving our performance to new heights?”

So what is this ‘transformative thing’ we call Purpose?  Core Purpose appears to be activated at the high performance intersection of our distinguishing talents and our deepest-held values; it is our authenticity in-service to something larger…

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Character-Driven Leadership

While most of us whole-heartedly endorse character as critical to leadership, and most of us require it in the leaders we work for and seek out, few of us consciously seek to develop our own character. Despite this, I cannot recall a single leader asking, “Kevin, I have been struggling with my character. I think I need to do some work here.” We tend to complain about our eyesight and memory more than we criticize our own ethics and character…

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Paul Laudicina’s Article – Go Tell It On The Mountain

In this article by Paul Laudicina, chairman emeritus of A.T. Kearney and chairman of its Global Business Policy Council, Laudicina provokes us to consider the challenge of leadership if “the ‘End of Power’ as we’ve known it has happened.”  As Laudicina says, in order for leaders to convert ideas to action, they will need to be anchored in humility, openness, and authenticity, and they will need to integrate 3 forms of power—personal, contribution and relational.

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On Becoming a Warren Bennis Leader

In our work with leaders, no one has had a more profound influence than Warren Bennis. The breadth and depth of his legacy are too vast to represent here, but his core teachings are clear and foundational.

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How Your “Always Busy” Pace Is Ruining Your Decision-Making

Think about it. When do you get your best ideas? To be truly productive, to optimize our capacities for creative solutions, innovations and transformative leadership capabilities, we need to pause to connect to values and purpose, then lead forward more powerfully.

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Five Enduring Leadership Lessons

With the recent death of Warren Bennis, “the father of leadership,” we have been reflecting on the significance of his passing and what he has “passed along” to all of us. In our work with leaders, if there is an influence that has touched us most profoundly, it is the work and presence of Warren Bennis. The five enduring lessons identified here can’t possibly capture the breadth and depth of his legacy, but they attempt to represent his foundational principles.

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NPR Morning Edition: People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

This new research study connects having a purpose in life to greater wellbeing and a longer lifespan.

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