This month’s winning post by Linkage Vice President Mitchell Nash illustrates a simple business reality—change is constant. In fact, all of our top 5 posts do the same thing—identify challenges facing leaders today and provide useful and thought-provoking insights designed to help you overcome them. So the question is: What leadership challenges are you facing? Please share your questions in the comments box below. We promise to answer every question with thoughtful insights like you’ll find in the following posts.
By Mitchell Nash
“No matter what you do, or what industry you’re in, chances are that your organization either needs to change (due to growth, or poor performance, or to increase office space, etc.), or is about to change (due to an acquisition or merger, or a new CEO taking over, or to adapt to ever-changing markets, etc.). And while it’d be FOOLISH to try and stop change, there are things you can (actually, must) do to ensure that the change process goes smoothly and leads to positive outcomes.”
By Danielle Lucido
“I’ll never forget the response I got from my boss when I was sitting in my executive director chair, when I gave him my resignation—with a long leash of time.
“His response… ‘Who’s your successor?’
“The question caught me by surprise. Both because my naive and newly executive-level tenure hadn’t ever been asked that before and because I hadn’t had a clue in that moment who really was up for the task. Besides, why would it be my responsibility to find, recruit, train and on-board a new executive director? Wasn’t that his?…”
By Rachael Marangu
“Ever wonder how accurately women measure their own strengths? Recent Linkage research suggests, not very well. In fact research shows that women routinely underestimate the caliber of their skills and strengths, and further, in comparison to how men evaluate themselves, women prove to be significantly more critical when evaluating their own skills.
“Sadly, that’s only the beginning…”
By Danielle Lucido
“Some say success is obtaining a goal, such as graduating from college, raising a family, buying a home, landing that dream job, and so on. Others say success is more a byproduct of the journey—who you become as you achieve your goals.
“Regardless of how you define it, one very important point that nearly every faculty member at our Global Institute for Leadership Development® would agree with is this: In order to get somewhere new or become something bigger, or step into that new role, you have to act or believe in ways you have never done before. You have to think differently.
“As a result, the most successful people are always working, always growing, always stretching.
“The million-dollar question is: How do you do that?”
By Adam Rothberg
“In his research on highly effective leaders, John Kotter found that all successful leaders establish and maintain a leadership agenda that answers this basic question: ‘Where do I need to lead?’
“Leadership agendas are made up of loosely connected goals and plans that address short-, medium-, and long-term responsibilities and a broad range of financial, product, market, and organizational issues.”