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More Reading on Women and Leadership

March 19, 2013 by


Here are 10 books, in no particular order, that are worthwhile reads for women in leadership How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership by Marilyn Carlson Nelson Leading from the Front: No-Excuse Leadership Tactic for Women by Angie Morgan & Courtney Lynch Developing Women Leaders: A Guide for Men and Women in […]

The Dialogue: Women and Leadership

March 19, 2013 by


Enjoying the dialogue regarding women and leadership? It is a reminder that there is much work to be done in closing the gender gap so that more women actualize the C-suite in organizations. Studies have shown that there is still a significant gender gap, with women being under-represented in leadership positions (Liff & Ward, 2001; […]

Developing Talent

March 14, 2013 by


One of the biggest opportunities leaders have is to develop future leaders.  This can be challenging, given the constraints on the leader’s time and focus.  By taking the time to build into the culture and even the leader’s day opportunities to identify and develop talent, leaders are able to create a ready pool for succession […]

Personal Branding

March 13, 2013 by


A personal brand creates a relationship of trust between you and your customer (potential boss, clients, friends, peers, etc).  It is a promise of what they can expect from you. It is a perception, based on emotion, that they have of you.  It describes the experience they have with you from a value proposition perspective. […]

Strategies to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

March 6, 2013 by


The mentoring relationship has the potential to benefit the mentor, protegé and the organization.  Social exchange theory can provide a theoretical framework for the context of the mentor-protegé relationship.  Research has identified several factors that maximize mentoring relationships. These include but are not limited to trust, cost-benefit ratio and reciprocity.  How these factors can influence the […]

Choosing a Mentor

March 1, 2013 by


Mentoring is one the primary means for individuals to learn new skills, develop self-efficacy, build networks and assimilate into new situations.  “Mentoring is often described as a symbiotic relationship between two adults who assist each other to meet mutual career objectives in an organization or professional discipline” (Haines, 2003).  When effective, the mentor is able […]


February 25, 2013 by


Formal and informal mentoring programs can speed the development of talented staff and help develop a wider pool of talented future leaders and managers within the organization. Mentoring, in essence, is a relationship in which senior members of an organization provide support and guidance to junior members of the organization in either an informal or […]

Coping with Change Through Training

February 18, 2013 by


Research has explored the role o training in modifying behaviors or individual response to adverse situations, such as change.  Strategies with a foundation in social cognitive theory such as self-regulation, self-reinforcement and thought self-leadership (TSL) have been explored as a means o improving individual perceptions regarding their ability to manage their emotional responses and cope […]

Employee Engagement Strategies

February 18, 2013 by


Leaders must recognize that in today’s market, cradle to grave secure employment is a distant memory at best and not necessarily something that employees are looking for.  Workers are motivate by more than just a secure position, compensation and benefits packages.  Strategic leaders recognize this and understand the importance of engaging in strategies to create […]

Managing Organizational Culture

February 13, 2013 by


Strategic leaders understand the impact of organizational culture on the organization’s ability to achieve goals and be innovative. “Because organizational culture has such a profound effect on the behavior of the individuals and groups within the organization, it must be clearly understood and appropriately managed to ensure goals and objectives are achieved” (Mgbere, 1009, p. […]