Purposeful Leadership. Powerful Impact. | #LinkageGILD is just days away!

By Jennifer McCollum on September 26, 2018

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We’re just days away from kicking off Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development® in Palm Desert, CA. Our team has been working feverishly behind the scenes to oversee every last detail of this event—and I couldn’t be more excited to join them in welcoming this year’s attendees for this one-of-a-kind leadership experience. I’ve heard so much about GILD in my first 90 days here as CEO, and as a first-time participant, I will experience all the week has to offer alongside each of you.

For more than two decades, 500+ leaders have convened at GILD each year to focus on what it means to be an effective, purposeful leader who can drive impact while inspiring and engaging teams, organizations, and communities.

Our research, based on over 30 years of working with leaders worldwide, revealed a practical and simple framework that is the basis for the GILD experience today. What we found is this: The most effective leaders make five commitments to their stakeholders. This short PDF summarizes our research efforts behind the commitments, which have proven to positively impact revenue, profit, and employee engagement.

GILD attendees experience these commitments firsthand through a combination of 360° assessment, one-on-one coaching, daily small group discussion, and plenary sessions with thought leaders, authors, and business leaders from around the world—all in one place over the course of a week. This goes far beyond your average leadership conference!

I’m looking forward to immersing myself in all of the great insights—and reflecting on what I can do differently as a leader. I encourage those of you who will be joining us to do the same. Push yourself—challenge your own assumptions and be open to learning something about yourself that could make you a better leader. This discomfort helps us grow as individuals and as leaders—and ultimately enables us collectively to create positive change in a world calling out for strong leaders.

With that, I’m looking forward to seeing this extraordinary event come to life—and for the opportunity to meet many of you. I hope you’ll join me in sharing your favorite leadership insights and moments of discovery during the week using #LinkageGILD or by following us on Twitter (@LinkageInc) or Instagram (@Linkage.Inc).

In closing, I want to share this 1-minute clip which showcases some of the committed team members here at Linkage who help create the GILD experience. Safe travels and I hope to see you in the Desert!

Posted in Blog, Executive Development, Leadership Development

About Jennifer McCollum

Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, where she oversees the strategic direction and global operations of the Burlington, MA-based company. She has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership space, with a focus on leadership development, assessment and analytics. Her area of expertise includes bringing analytic rigor to critical talent decisions by linking leadership behavior to corporate performance outcomes.

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