Engineering Leadership Research Seminar – What is Leader Character and How Does It Influence How We Lead?

When:
November 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2017-11-16T16:00:00-05:00
2017-11-16T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
WB215
200 College St
Toronto, ON M5T 3A1
Canada

Gerard Seijts, Professor at the Ivey Business School and the co-author of Leadership on Trial: A Manifesto for Leadership Development, will discuss the importance of character to leadership and leadership education. In particular, he will share the practical implications of his research program on leader character and his work with leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He will also outline the various dimensions of leader character and the ways in which they are presented through everyday behaviours, as well as offer suggestions on how leaders can embed leader character into their organizations. Watch a short video on leader character research at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2XF3H8c8tw

Full abstract below:

What is leader character and how does it influence how we lead? Good leadership is a function of competencies, character and the commitment to doing the hard work of leadership.  Character has traditionally received the least attention of these three pillars of leadership – both in research as well as in our day-to-day conversations and workplace practices – even though it has long been known to be a foundational element of leadership effectiveness.  Character is critical to leadership success because it is foundational for effective decision-making. Yet, when we think about both the famous and infamous leaders of recent times – in government, business, sports and other realms – it is impossible to not think about their character.  What is it that prevents leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors from applying leader character in their organizations?  Gerard Seijts will discuss the practical implications of his research program on leader character and his work with leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.  He will outline the various dimensions of leader character, how these dimensions are presented through everyday behaviours, as well as offer suggestions on how leaders can embed leader character into their organizations. 

 

Mark your calendars for our other seminars:

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