July 26, 2017

You probably cannot lead change

‘Leading change’ versus ‘leading stability’ may be two quite different leadership skill-sets. According to the findings of a 2015 survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers, even if you are in a leadership position, there is only a 7 per cent chance that you will be able to lead your organisation through a major transformation. If you are a […]

Do older leaders do less leading?

There is remarkably little research on how age affects leaders. Therefore, a recent study provides a most interesting look at how and why leadership behaviours might change with age. In brief, the researchers questioned 106 German university professors and found that their ‘legacy beliefs’, which changed with age, were found to negatively impact their level […]

Boardroom women enhance results. But men don’t believe it!

Nearly 10 years ago, McKinsey & Company published a research paper showing that corporations with the strongest representation of women on their boards ‘are also the companies that perform best’ (http://www.raeng.org.uk/publications/other/women-matter-oct-2007 ). The research was extensive, examining 231 organisations with feedback from 115,000 employees against nine of McKinsey’s proprietary measures such as accountability, innovation, leadership […]

Is Business Leadership Different from Political Leadership?

With the controversial election of real estate mogul Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, there is considerable concern about his style of leadership. A prevalent criticism is that he is not very ‘presidential’ in his conduct, seemingly involving himself in public debates that many deem to be below the level of conduct […]

Adultery, Ethics and Creativity

The frequent, ongoing and high-profile cases of unethical behaviour in the world of business are of considerable concern to organisations and their stakeholders. Consider the $5 billion fine of Barclays, Citibank and others in 2015 for currency manipulation. Or last year’s revelation of Volkswagen’s falsification of emission tests. And what of the corruption among the […]

Are your leadership traits affected by your goals?

Much of the trait theory of leadership would hold that our traits are relatively stable: attributes with which we are born. However, interesting research by McCabe and Fleeson (2016) gives us pause for thought. In three different studies, they found that levels of traits manifested (in this case extraversion and conscientiousness) were dependent upon the […]

Apple and the ethics of leadership

Is the ongoing controversy between Apple and America’s FBI a classic example of an ethical dilemma in business? In brief, the FBI has asked Apple to develop a process to unlock the security code of an iPhone belonging to a terrorist who, along with his wife, was responsible for the deaths of 14 Californians last year. Apple […]

Are smarter people better leaders?

Embed from Getty Images Alex Greer, a US freelance writer, has posted a fascinating article comparing US presidents’ IQs with their relative levels of success in presidency. An IQ of 100 is said to be average while only 5% of the population will have an IQ of 125 or higher. A California academic, Dean Simonton1, […]