Leadership Development

The Truth About Leadership Skill Gaps

Five skills — entrepreneurship, business savvy, driving execution, decision-making and leading change — link prominently to bottom-line returns like net profits and return on assets.

Few things in business ever stay the same for long. That includes leadership skills. Some skills — communication, coaching, execution — are always important and never go out of style. Others ebb and flow with the changes that define the increasingly complex environments in which leaders must operate. To help bring clarity to these skill shifts, Development Dimensions International in…

7 Ways to Create a Coaching Culture

The process requires a hardcore leadership investment.

Imagine your organization with a culture of coaching, where every interaction is an opportunity to learn, gain insight and increase performance. Nothing compares to coaching when it comes to helping people perform at their best. Individuals become energized — or re-energized — about their work, take full ownership of their performance, find and rejuvenate long-lost talents, and make major shifts…

Answer the Call for Authentic Leadership

Refocus leadership on how individuals understand themselves, perceive situations and assess their environment rather than on how individuals present themselves.

Authentic leadership proponents have elbowed their way to the self-help forefront over the past decade. The concept has become a popular point of entry for executives seeking personal improvement and competitive advantage. This can be good — or not. Authentic leadership can be quickly misunderstood. There is a danger in oversimplifying the concept — some assume it’s “just be yourself”…

When to Coach and When Not to Coach

Coaching should be thoughtfully and carefully applied or not done at all.

Add coaching to my already busy schedule? I can’t! I don’t have time. I don’t know how, and no one is paying attention, anyway.” These are common responses from leaders when they’re asked — or told — to add coaching to their already overloaded plates. All over the world, leaders are using coaching to gain a competitive edge. But does…

New Leaders Get a Seamless Transition at Emerson

The electrical manufacturer launched a focused leadership development program to support new leaders in the first crucial days on the job.

Emerson Electric Co. prides itself on its leadership culture. The $22 billion global manufacturer of electrical and electromechanical products headquartered in St. Louis built its culture around giving young leaders many opportunities to challenge themselves. Managers are encouraged to take on new roles to stretch their skills and expand their company knowledge. “Emerson likes to promote from within,” said Steve…

Why Leaders Should Balance Positive, Negative Thinking

While today’s business ethos preaches praises overly positive thinking, there are positive elements to negative thinking that can help organizations be more prepared for failure and, therefore, more successful in the long run.

While today’s business ethos preaches praises overly positive thinking, there are positive elements to negative thinking that can help organizations be more prepared for failure and, therefore, more successful in the long run.

SHRM Notches its 100K Certificant

SHRM's certification program launched two years ago. Now, more than 101,000 people have been certified in 105 countries.

The Society for Human Resource Management recently awarded its 100,000th certification. Since its launch in January 2015, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) have exceeded 101,550 certificants in 105 countries as of early 2017. “The SHRM certification exams unite the practical application of technical knowledge in conjunction with realistic HR experiences in a very strategic…