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Welcome to the March 2015 Edition of the Leadership Development Carnival

Hosted by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.,
DDI Senior Vice President

Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D.

In DDI’s recent Global Leadership Forecast 2014|2015, we found that leaders today aren’t doing very well. Of the 13,124 leaders who participated in the survey, only 40 percent say the overall quality of their organization’s leadership is high. And of the 1,528 global human resources executives who participated, only 25 percent viewed their organization’s leaders as high-quality.

Leadership Development Carnival LogoTo address these dire statistics, we asked for recent posts that detail how you have prepared leaders for success in the future and the ways in which we can continue to escalate the quality of leadership development. The posts we received are insightful and cover a broad range of development strategies. I think you will find them inspiring as together we work towards moving the needle on leader readiness.



Joel Garfinkle of Garfinkle Executive Coaching submitted How Do Others Perceive You? All You Have to Do Is Ask. Joel shares, “Do you know how you are perceived by others in your organization? Even if you think you do, do you really? One of the best ways to find out is to simply ask. Here are eight tips to help you ask for and learn from feedback so that you will be able to influence how others perceive you at work.”

S. Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group submitted Are you one of the top 1% of leaders? Here, Chris states, “If we model the best practices of one of the top 1% of social media influencers, we can increase the quality of our relationships and the quality of our influence. Learn from @TamaraMcCleary in this post.”

John Hunter submitted Peter Drucker Advocated a Ratio of 20 to 1 for CEO to Average Worker Pay. In it, John shares, “I do not feel you can have respect for employees while taking extremely excessive executive pay packages. The thinking behind a few people deserving much of the reward doesn't reflect the principles of Deming's management system or any thought to valuing the contributions of everyone.”

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds submitted What Can Situational Leadership Teach Us? In keeping with the theme, Jim’s revisiting a respected model, though now several decades old, on situational leadership. Jim states, “Ken Blanchard and Paul Hersey were the first to develop a model on situational leadership back in 1961. Blanchard subsequently further elaborated the model to be more reflective of the dynamic nature of leadership. While any model, in whatever discipline, has its drawbacks and caveats, what is important to keep at the forefront is the contribution that models bring to establishing discipline and the opening of conversations. In short, they offer a framework (in this case leadership) from which to further expand on the changing dimensions of a discipline as it responds to organizations’ and society’s needs.”

Jennifer McClure of Unbridled Talent submitted You Can Change The World—Without Changing Who You Are. Jennifer summarizes, “You don’t have to invent something with lasting impact, or create a movement to change the world. You can start by changing just one person. Somebody in your life needs your influence. Are you ready to just do?”

Jennifer Miller of The People Equation shared, “Although leaders are to be commended for supporting their team members’ development by sending them to training, it’s not always the appropriate answer. Managers must heed these 6 Truths About Training and Development so that nobody’s time and money are wasted.”

Randy Conley of The Ken Blanchard Companies submitted 5 Strategies to Cultivate a Healthy Leadership Spirit. In this post Randy states, “Your effectiveness as a leader is driven by your leadership spirit—the beliefs, values, and purpose that guide your actions.” He also shares five strategies to help you cultivate a healthy leadership spirit that will fuel your success as a leader.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference submitted How to Refresh Your Leadership Practices. John notes, “Refreshing your leadership practices is your responsibility as a leader. This post outlines five ways to hone your craft and avoid stale leadership.”

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting, Inc., submitted 4 Ways to Pass the Informal Leader TestMary shares, “With a growing need to manage project-based work coupled with the need to vet an individual’s leadership capabilities, organizations are assigning high potentials with informal leadership roles. Hi-Pos can be successful in proving capabilities if they take the time to know their team, build buy-in, practice what they preach and provide support for others.”

Bruce Harpham of submitted How To Motivate Others: 2 Approaches For Motivation. Bruce notes, “Motivating others effectively is a key leadership skill. This article shares two schools of thought—and actionable tips—on how to motivate others effectively at work.”

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership submitted 3 Lessons On How To Promote Successful Collaborations. Tanveer shares, “3 lessons on how leaders can provide an organizational environment that supports effective collaboration among their employees.”

Julie Winkle Giulioni of submitted Should the "Ship" Sail on Leadership Development? In this submission Julie states, “Many organizations are shifting from leadership to leader development—and are finding significant benefits from losing those four letters.”

Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context submitted 11 Paths to Ethical Leadership Competence. In this post Linda notes, “We are dealing with catastrophic change and uncertainty. We fill many different roles in our organizations, industries and communities. Each role we play and each decision we face has different ethical implications. Ethical competence is definitely not something that ‘just happens.’”

Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting submitted Captain Kirk knew what he was doing. Here she shares that true leadership is about forging a new path and finding new ways. To truly lead you need to be willing to “go where no man has gone before.”

Dr. Anne Perschel from Germane Insights submitted 7 Tips for How to Get Honest Feedback. Dr. Perschel shares, “The tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes reflects a well-known truth about leadership. The higher up you go, the less you get useful honest feedback. Without the honest truth, self-awareness, a critical learning step, suffers. These tips will help you get the honest feedback you need.”

Posted: 01 Mar, 2015,
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