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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Understanding Culture

February 13, 2013 by


One of the primary responsibilities of leaders is to understand, manage and change when necessary organizational culture.  Every organization has inherent shared values, traditions, heritage, and stories.  Smart leaders recognize that a successful organizational culture is by design and has well-defined values, beliefs and norms that are apparent to and shared by all members.  “Culture […]

Employee Engagement

February 5, 2013 by


One of the biggest challenges leaders face is engaging the workforce.  Engagement can be defined a number of ways: “…the degree to which individuals make full use of their cognitive, emotional, and physical resources to perform role-related work” (Xu & Thomas, 2011) “…harnessing of organization members’ selves to their work roles, in engagement, people employ […]