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Purpose of this Leadership Blog

This blog is intended for people that are involved with, or want to be involved with, the mobilizing, influencing, and guiding of others toward desired outcomes (i.e. leadership).  We believe that your understanding of leadership will improve by having access to opinions, commentary, articles, and best practices.  This blog will provide such resources and also a context for ongoing and generative conversations about leadership and leadership related topics.  This will include interaction and information on basic and well known leadership practices as well as emerging, innovative, and integrated notions of leadership.  The ultimate goal is for the blog to help you – whether a leader, consultant, organizer, or otherwise – learn about leadership and provide information that brings tangible benefit to your work and life.

The benefits of high quality leadership are enormous for an organization.  They include qualities, knowledge, and skills that can, in addition to many other things:

  • Ensure that everyone is focused on the same purpose and goals
  • Maximize meaning and fulfillment for employees
  • Strengthen working relationships among individuals, teams, and departments
  • Cultivate learning and knowledge sharing across an organization
  • Increase employee participation, motivation and productivity
  • Increase business, revenue, and customer satisfaction

Examples of Topics (or Categories) Relevant to this Blog

You can understand even more about the focus of this blog by looking at examples of various related topics (or categories) that this blog might write about.  The following list includes examples of related topics as does the list of Related Library Topics in the sidebar.  This not intended to be an exhaustive list of leadership topics and categories.

  • Basics and Overviews
  • Definitions of Leadership
  • Leadership Theories
  • Leadership Models
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Leadership Development
  • Leadership Pipeline
  • Coaching Leaders
  • Leadership Assessment and Selection
  • High-Potential Leadership
  • Leadership and Management
  • Leaders as Coaches
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • CEOs
  • C-Level Leadership
  • Boards of Directors
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Leading Cross-Culturally
  • Global Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Building and Leading High Performance Teams
  • Leading in Complex Organizations
  • Leading Self/Self-Awareness
  • Leadership Derailers
  • Power and influence
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Leadership Typologies
  • Competency Models
  • Research on Leadership
  • Graduate Programs in Leadership
  • Supervision

As posts are published, they will be organized into these or other related categories.  Categories that have posts published to them will be listed in the sidebar in Categories of Posts.  Readers can click on a category and see the posts in that category.

About Hosts of this Blog

The hosts for this blog are Carol Muse, Kristin Keffeler and Steven Ober.  You can learn more about the hosts by clicking on the “Read more” link beneath their respective photos on the right of this page.  The blog will also include posts from guest writers and interviews.

Possible Topics — Your Preference?

Below is a list of possible leadership categories and topics. I want to invite you to answer one or both of the following questions (of course other questions or comments are also welcome):

1) Which of the topics listed below would be most helpful (and/or intriguing) to learn about and discuss?

2) What topics are missing from the list that you would find helpful (and/or intriguing) to learn about and discuss?

  • Transformational
  • Transactional
  • Servant
  • Adaptive
  • Charismatic
  • Neo-Charismatic
  • Authentic
  • Situational
  • Integral
  • Appreciative
  • Complexity
  • Primal

Category: Leadership Competencies/Skills

  • Overview
  • Competency models
  • Role in assessment, selection, and development
  • Competency model development
  • Critiques of competencies

Category: Leadership Development

  • Approaches
  • Case studies
  • Best practices
  • Pipeline development/Succession planning
  • Leader involvement in development
  • Nature and nurture
  • High potential
  • Action learning
  • Coaching
  • Feedback
  • Mentoring
  • Derailers

Category: Leadership Assessment

  • Approaches
  • Use in selection
  • Use in development
  • Personality
  • Cognitive
  • Simulations
  • Multi-rater feedback
  • Interviews
  • Assessing potential
  • Assessing readiness
  • Critiques of assessment

Miscellaneous Leadership Topics and Categories

  • Leaders as Coaches
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • CEOs
  • C-Level Leadership
  • Boards of Directors
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Leading Cross-Culturally
  • Global Leadership
  • Building and Leading High Performance Teams
  • Leading in Complex Organizations
  • Leading Self/Self-Awareness
  • Power and influence
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Leadership Typologies
  • Current and Emerging Research
  • Leaders and Family Owned Businesses
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Cultural Influences/Differences
  • Leadership and Gender
  • Use of Language
  • Leadership Styles
  • On-boarding
  • Expat Re-entry
  • Leadership in Times of Crisis
  • Graduate Programs in Leadership
  • Physician Leaders
  • Peer-coaching
  • Social Responsibility
  • Retention
  • Role in employee engagement
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Systemic Thinking
  • Situational Leadership
  • Leading from a Distance

How to Use the Library’s Blogs

We have implemented many features to make the blogs very valuable and convenient to use.  To learn how to use the blogs, click on Library Blog’s Home under the header on each page of the blog.

If You’re Interested In Hosting a Blog for the Library

Just click on Contact Us at the bottom of each page and share your idea, including the topic that you would like to blog about.  You would need to commit to publishing a post at least twice a week for at least six months.  In return, you would get tremendous visibility to you and your writing.  You would retain copyright of your writing – see the Copyright in the footer on each page.

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