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The Irony of Integrity: A Study of the Character Strengths of Leaders

We examine the importance of character strengths in the performance of leaders in organizations. Specifically, we look at whether the character strengths of integrity, bravery, perspective, and social intelligence matter for the job performance of C-level executives and middle-level managers.

  • Date: 09/11/2016
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Truth and Courage: Implementing a Coaching Culture

You will never exceed the limits culture sets on your work together because culture, like the air we breathe, is everywhere and touches everything. Many leaders recognize that coaching is more than a collection of effective techniques. This recognition has led them to strive for a corporate culture that reflects a coaching mind-set and the kind of relationships that coachees find liberating…

  • Date: 09/08/2016
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How to Be the Boss without Being the B-word (Bossy)

New research from the Center for Creative Leadership shows that just because you are the boss, doesn’t mean it’s ok to be bossy.

Leaders from a survey panel of 201 leaders from the United States shared their experiences with the word bossy in the workplace and what it’s like to have a bossy co-worker. Being bossy was seen as showing a lack of interpersonal leadership skills, including… READ INSIDE

  • Date: 29/06/2016
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Learning About Learning Agility

The research team at Teachers College, Columbia University, has developed the Learning Agility Assessment Inventory (LAAI) to measure what we believe to be the five main facets of learning agile behaviour. Of these five facets, there are four that enable one’s learning agility (Innovating, Performing, Reflecting, and Risking) and one that frustrates or impedes it (Defending). A brief description of each facet follows.

  • Date: 11/05/2016
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Navigating Innovation Roadblocks: Key Differences Between Innovative and Non-Innovative Organisations

Is your organisation struggling to innovate? You're not the only one. Blockbuster missed the opportunity to innovate around streaming video rentals and lost their once-cornered market to Netflix. Kodak, the former leader in the film industry, filed for bankruptcy in 2012 because they struggled to adapt to the world of digital photography. Companies, leaders, and consultants offer the same advice—innovate or die. CHECK OUT THE LATEST THOUGHTS ON INNOVATION IN THIS ARTICLE.

  • Date: 17/03/2016
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Make Learning Stick: Best Practices To Get The Most Out Of Leadership Development

Are you taking a closer look at “learning transfer”? Are you wondering how to make sure the lessons taught through your leadership training and development efforts stick weeks, months, or years later? Read on…

  • Date: 03/03/2016
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Challenge: Developing, Retaining, and Promoting Talented Women

Research consistently shows the value women leaders bring to their companies. Women are critical to success, yet barriers remain to the advancement of women at work. How can companies step up to the challenge of developing, retaining, and promoting talented women?

  • Date: 17/02/2016
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Using Political Skill to Maximize and Leverage Work Relationships

What is Political Skill and Why Is It a Good Thing? Take a moment and think about a leader in your organization whom you would consider to be political. How would you describe that leader? Some common descriptions that may immediately come to mind are self-serving, manipulative, phony, or untrustworthy. You may conjure up images of secret pacts made behind closed doors or on the golf course. Or, perhaps, you came up with descriptions such as influential, well-connected, trustworthy, or concerned for others.

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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Blended Learning for Leadership: The CCL Approach

Blended Learning is often defined as a mix of classroom and virtual training events. But Blended Learning for leadership must go beyond coursework to engage leaders in the domains of developmental relationships and challenging assignments, which research shows is critical for leader development.

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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Are You Ready? 4 Keys to Becoming a CEO

An impressive track record is not enough to prepare you for being a CEO—necessary, but not enough. The CEO job is fundamentally different from any other senior leadership role. Until you’ve lived it, you can’t fully know what it’s like. But there are steps you can take to be prepared.

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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The Challenges Leaders Face Around the World: More Similar than Different

Though they come from all parts of the world, these leaders consistently face the same six challenges: 1. Developing Managerial Effectiveness 2. Inspiring Others 3. Developing Employees 4. Leading a Team 5. Guiding Change 6. Managing Internal Stakeholders and Politics

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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  • Tags: Leadership, Management, Business, Change Managment

Boundary Spanning Leadership: Mission Critical Perspectives from the Executive Suite

The ever-increasing complexity and interdependence of today’s world calls for a critical transformation in leadership from managing and protecting boundaries to boundary spanning –the capability to create direction, alignment, and commitment across boundaries in service of a higher vision or goal.

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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Developing a Leadership Strategy: A Critical Ingredient for Organizational Success

Organizations depend upon capable leadership to guide them through unprecedented changes. Yet, there is ample evidence in the news and in recent research reports that even some of the best and most venerable organizations are failing to adapt to change, implement their strategic plans successfully or prepare for a more uncertain future.

  • Date: 15/01/2016
  • Category: Centre for Creative Leadership White Papers
  • Tags: Strategy, Leadership, Human Resources

Accelerating Performance: Five Leadership Skills You And Your Organization Can't Do Without

Leadership is like a muscle. The more you train, the stronger you get. Research at the Center for Creative Leadership reminds us why leaders everywhere, from Fortune 500s to the smallest of nonprofits, need to get to the gym right away – and be disciplined enough to keep going back...

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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10 Trends: A study of senior executives' views on the future

Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) asked 247 senior executives around the globe about 10 leadership trends in business. The goal was to assess these trends, the obstacles they create, and their potential impact on leading organizations. The results...

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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Becoming a Leader Who Fosters Innovation

At one time, strategy was king. Forecasting, planning, and placing smart bets created the power sources within organizations. The future of a business (or a career) followed an established framework. If leaders managed well, success would follow. Today, complexity and uncertainty are palpable. Planning for even the next quarter is a challenge...

  • Date: 22/10/2015
  • Category: Centre for Creative Leadership White Papers
  • Tags: Leadership, Talent, Human Resources, Trends