LEADERSHIP TRAITS: Insights for Today, Pathway to the Future

LEADERSHIP TRAITS: Insights for Today, Pathway to the Future After an amazing launch at the ATD Conference in Orlando where Pris and Ed spoke and signed books, LEADERSHIP TRAITS: Insights for Today, Pathway to the Future is now available. This book is GAME CHANGING for leaders around the world, learning and leadership development professionals; and, coaches and career advisors, who want to finally understand the true leadership similarities and differences globally and across generations. The research, led by Nelson Cohen Global Consulting and sponsored by CoachLogix, Cognician, Concensus, eLearning Mind, Executive Core, and Herrmann International is comprised of responses from 2800 business professionals from 122 countries who responded to the Traits of Most Admired Leaders survey with questions about the traits they think leaders need to demonstrate to be successful today and in the future. The traits list came from The Leadership Challenge workshop. The workshop supports The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations Fifth Edition by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. The focus on place of birth versus place of residence reveals key indicators that make an impact on leaders and followers alike, which is invaluable whether you are engaged in executive talent management, managing global teams, relocating to another country, or leading across generations. Throughout the book you will find articles from future and current leaders from around the world including some of the most well known in the learning and development profession – Tony Bingham, Beverly Kay, Ann Herrmann Nedhi, and Antonio Rubio. Tony Bingham, ATD: Changing the Way We Think about Leadership Development Ibanga Umanah, JUMP Associates: How “not knowing” Will Get You Where You Want to Go Mike Pino,...

Diwali gift from America–5 days, 5 Leadership Lessons

Diwali gift from America–5 days, 5 Leadership Lessons Diwali gift from America– 5 days, 5 Leadership Lessons By Ed Cohen & Pris Nelson During our 7 years in India, we always looked forward to Diwali or Deepavali as most call it. It’s the biggest celebration of the year. Deepavali means “row of lights” hence it is known as the festival of lights. Weeks before, lights go up, the streets are adorned with decorations and the stores stock up to tempt shoppers with sales as everyone rushes to choose new clothes, sweets to share, and the perfect gifts for each other. During the 5-days of Deepavali, do not not plan to get much sleep because there are fireworks going off constantly…all night long. In fact, that’s our only complaint about this wonderful and amazing festival. The toll those crackers have on the air quality is horrendous. It would be so much better if people would bang pots and pans for the noise and light candles to keep the air breathable. Just a suggestion <smile>. Diwali dates back to ancient times. Some believe it started as a harvest festival similar to how Thanksgiving is celebrated in America. Others say it was the celebration of the marriage between Lord Krisha and the Goddess Lakshmi. And others say it’s celebrated in remembrance of Lord Ram’s victorious entry into Ayodhya. Whatever its origin, it has evolved into a nationwide celebration across India (and many other parts of the world). In celebration and in honour of our Indian friends who are leaders around the world, we share our Diwali gift– 5 leadership lessons for the 5 days of Diwali. Lesson #1: Inclusive Leaders...

My Starbucks $2 Grande Latte Experience

My Starbucks $2 Grande Latte Experience I stepped off the airplane from my short flight from Hyderabad to Mumbai, gathered my luggage and walked out into the warm-N-humid day to wait for my friend Rahul who was about 15 minutes away to pick me up. I looked around to see where I could take refuge from the sultry air and the green lady beckoned me.Starbucks! I had lived in India from 2005 to end of 2009, and had been returning many times since doing coaching and leadership consulting. All this time, no Starbucks. Stepping into the familiar scene, expecting to pay the familiar price for my Grande soy Latte….oh wait, a coffee cup with “India” on it, I spotted out the corner of my eye. Priscilla has a collection of coffee mugs from Starbucks all over the world…China, Thailand, Germany, Ukraine, Hawaii, Alaska, Belize and now India…what a find…a new one to add to her collection. I grabbed the cup and walked to the counter. “Welcome to Starbucks, may I take your order.” Everywhere in the world, Starbucks people are trained to give great customer service. “Yes, I would like a Grande, soy latte please.” The price…RS 120 Rupees which is Two Dollars. I was stunned. How could they sell the same experience in the Mumbai airport as the rest of the world for only two dollars? Starbucks had only been in India since October 2012. When they first opened, everyone questioned whether they would make it in this primarily chai (tea) drinking country. I had attended a conference back in 2007 where the speaker polled the audience only to discover...

What’s your leadership philosophy?

What’s Your Leadership Philosophy? I am preparing to go to India to spend the month of August criss-crossing the country facilitating The Leadership Challenge (based on Kouzes and Posner’s work published by Wiley) workshop. The Leadership Challenge came about from thousands of stories collected from leaders worldwide that were used to identify five exemplary leadership practices: Model The Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge The Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage others to Act. One of the primary behaviors under the practice of Model the Way: “Is clear about his/her philosophy of leadership” has had me thinking about how so many leaders either do not know or do not share it with others.  Read the full...

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