6 Must-Reads About Leadership

January 31, 2018

As anyone who has found themselves in a leadership role can tell you, there is no “one way” to become an effective leader. While there are truisms like “treat people with respect” or “listen and learn,” the formula that works best for each leader is unique, figured out by trial and error. Leaders continuously adjust to new circumstances, picking things up along the way.

There isn’t one single recipe or formula for success, but listening to the experiences of leaders and keeping up with contemporary research into the ever-changing world of leadership can provide fresh insights and actionable ideas.

At InfoWorks, we seek to stay updated on new articles about leadership. Here are six additions to our ongoing series of “must-reads” covering new research or interesting opinions and perspectives:

  1. You Don’t Just Need One Leadership Voice – You Need Many, from the Harvard Business Review

Developing your leadership voice is a journey of self-discovery. This article explores how leaders can find their voice and adapt it to communicate effectively in a variety of business situations.

  1. Op-Ed: 5 Ways Millennial Leaders are Surprising, from CNBC.com

Millennials are entering leadership roles at increasing rates. What are the needs and expectations of these new leaders? Here are five interesting findings from research comparing millennial leaders to older generations of leaders and to current CEOs.

  1. How to Be a C.E.O., From a Decade’s Worth of Them, from the New York Times

In Adam Bryant’s last “Corner Office” column in the New York Times, he shares the lessons learned from the 525 chief executives he has interviewed over the years.

  1. 15 Questions to Ask as Part of Your Own Leadership Audit, from Forbes

A leadership audit can help you find areas where you excel as a leader and areas where you have opportunities to improve. Forbes asked 15 leaders to contribute the one question they would want included in an audit. Their answers are illuminating and instructive.

  1. The Downside of Transparent Decision Making, from Kellogg Insight

Today’s leaders are expected to be transparent, or at least it is hoped they will be. This research from the Kellogg School of Management examines how transparency affects the decision-making process. Their conclusions provide important insights for leaders.

  1. Why Leaders are Made, Not Born, from Knowledge@Wharton

This is an interview with author Nancy Koehn about her book Forged in Crisis, which tells the stories of five inspiring historical figures who showed great leadership ability and strength in volatile times.

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