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Does Transformational Leadership Promote Innovation?

November 1, 2016 • Transformational Leadership

Introduction Is there a link between CEO transformational leadership style and new product development (NPD)? The authors of a new study found strong evidence to suggest there is. They also found a connection between organizational learning and innovation culture and the NPD process. Their findings can help organizations improve their NPD processes and achieve greater new product success. CEO transformational leadership is positively associated with organizational learning.In their study of 269 small, medium and large manufacturing companies in five industries in Thailand, Sattayaraksa and Boon-itt tested four hypotheses: CEO transformational leadership is positively associated with innovation culture. Organizational learning is positively associated with… » Read More


Are Current Leadership Theories Relevant to Millennials?

October 1, 2016 • Leadership Styles, Millennial Leaders, Transformational Leadership

Introduction The authors of this Leadership Quarterly article question whether five contemporary leadership theories are relevant to Millennials (those born between 1981-1997 who make up the largest generation cohort of the working population as of 2015). This paper is an important read for all leaders and HR professionals whose leadership approaches are based on current theories. The five leadership styles called out in this article are as follows (definitions from Wikipedia): Transformational leadership: Leaders that follow the transformation style of leading, challenge and inspire their followers with a sense of purpose and excitement. Information processing: Focuses on the role of social perception… » Read More


2016 Trends in Human Capital and Executive Coaching

September 1, 2016 • Executive Coaching, Human Capital

Two important reports have been published in the last six months which will be of interest to Human Resource professionals. In this post, we review the key findings from both studies that relate to leadership development. Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 – 10 trends are identified in this year’s study, spanning organization design and culture; learning, leadership, and workforce management; and even the HR function itself. Results were compiled from surveys and interviews from over 7,000 human resources and business leaders in 130 countries. In the following 29 minute clip, Deloitte’s Josh Bersin and Nicky Wakefield discuss the most surprising and significant results from this year’s study, at… » Read More


Women on Boards: The Superheros of tomorrow?

August 1, 2016 • Women in Leadership

Introduction The number of women on boards is not shifting according to Catalyst whose census indicates that 19.9% of board seats were held by women last year, compared with 19.2% the year prior. Meanwhile, a new research paper by Adams suggests the number is smaller than we think. In her paper, she questions the evidence that corporations with female directors on their boards perform better, citing what we know from studies by Catalyst, McKinsey and others. Summary Because these studies are not held to the same rigorous research standards expected in academic settings, causal effects can and do affect results and conclusions. In particular, Adams highlights… » Read More


Underestimating one’s leadership impact: Are women leaders more susceptible?

July 1, 2016 • Women in Leadership

Summary While 50% of supervisory and management positions are held by women, female representation drops to less than 5% when it comes to the c-suite. In this paper. the researchers argue that while women self-rate similarly to men on multi-source feedback (i.e. through their own and others feedback ratings), they under-estimate how they are seen by others. Through a series of studies, the researchers set out to assess whether women are less aware of their leadership capabilities than their male counterparts and whether they are failing to appreciate their talents and leadership impact. They found evidence that women under-predicted their… » Read More


Leading at the top: Understanding women’s challenges above the glass ceiling

June 1, 2016 • Women in Leadership

What Is the The Glass Cliff? While most of us are familiar with the “Glass Ceiling”, the “Glass Cliff” phenomena is less well known and/or understood.  The term was introduced by Michelle Ryan and Alexander Haslam, psychology professors at the University of Exeter. In their 2004 study, they found evidence that women are more likely than men to find themselves on a ‘glass cliff’, in positions that are risky or precarious. Summary In this latest study, Glass & Cook  collected information on the career trajectories of 52 female Fortune 500 CEOs along with structured interviews with 12 of those CEOs. They explored the circumstances under which women are promoted to… » Read More


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