On Leadership

Dr. Angela Duckworth, a MacArthur Fellow and professor at the University of Pennsylvania explored this question in her book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.”  If the “naturals” possess innate talent, whereas the “strivers” work hard and put in the effort, who do you hire?  The “naturals” or the “strivers”?  I am sure that we would all enjoy the luxury of hiring someone who is both innately talented and hardworking, but that is not the question. If forced to choose

We need to establish a fundamental understanding of leadership.  I am not referring to grand pronouncements, prescriptions, or ideals of leadership, much of what currently monopolizes the leadership industry.  You know what I am talking about.  The stuff that make us feel good, that inspires us.  In a time of increasing polarization and divisive commentary, when people want to be inspired and want to feel good, it becomes too easy to offer leadership prescriptions.  Or to simply retell stories of

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The leadership industry has grown exponentially over the past decade, yet the need for effective leadership remains. Study after study, year after year, CEOs consistently cite leadership development as one of their top priorities: improving “leadership bench strength”, filling the “leadership pipeline”, or improving employee “soft skills”. Make no mistake, organizations dedicate significant resources to improving their organizational leadership, through initiatives such as coaches, training and development programs, succession planning, workshops, and speakers, yet these efforts often do not realize