Category Archives: leadership

Value for business and society – S18.2

In a recent article in Rotman Management (Spring 2018), David Kiron et al. outline five principles that corporations can follow to build a sustainable business. They developed these principles following an eight-year study and, while they identify examples of progress … Continue reading

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Implicit followership theory – S18.1

One critique of leadership studies has been that followers are receiving inadequate attention, both as research subjects and as complex active participants in the leadership process. In response to this critique, a few scholars have attempted to carry out more … Continue reading

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Looking for Insight – F14.8

Vision is often identified as one of the key characteristics or tasks of leadership. Having foresight – the ability to see into the future – is viewed as a major difference between leading and managing (dealing with here and now). … Continue reading

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Meetings, the Waigaya Way – F14.7

Meetings are both a constant feature and a constant source of frustration in organizational life. Countless articles and books have been written offering techniques and tips to make meetings more efficient and more effective. Much of the advice centers around … Continue reading

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John Maxwell – Leadership Guru – F14.6

Leadership gurus, usually through some combination of experience, expertise, and public appeal, become established as the go-to people whenever we are looking for someone to give a speech, lead a seminar, or provide us with something new and inspiring to … Continue reading

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Managerialism – F14.5

As part of the evolution of the corporate form, ownership and control became separated, creating what has become known as the principal-agent problem. In their role as owners, shareholders are concerned with firm wealth and maximizing the returns on their … Continue reading

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The Social Age – F14.4

In their recent book, The Social Leader (2014), Frank Guglielmo and Sudhanshu Palsule outline what they see as the five core challenges of the new Social Age we find ourselves in. They define the Social Age as reflecting a blurring … Continue reading

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The Big Five – F14.3

In the Spring 2014 issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review, Ginka Toegel and Jean-Louis Barsoux report on how, even though we may possess certain traits, we must understand and manage our personalities in order to be successful leaders. Personality … Continue reading

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Background to Leadership – F14.2

In her book Leadership for the Disillusioned (2007), Amanda Sinclair devotes a chapter to discussing the importance of understanding an individual’s personal background when determining what kind of leader they will be and how they will respond to others in … Continue reading

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A Face for Leadership – F14.1

A recent issue of The Leadership Quarterly (October 2014) contains several articles that address the relationship between facial appearance and leadership. Relying on the way someone looks as a basis for judgment is a form of information shortcut that people … Continue reading

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