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CNN: What sets the best executives apart from everyone else

Oct 9, 2018

CNN: What sets the best executives apart from everyone else

Managerial competence, expertise and a great track record are some of the key traits that can help get you promoted to the C-suite. So, too, can being well-suited to handle the pressures particular to your industry. But executives who end up becoming the very best leaders usually bring something more: a high level of emotional and moral intelligence.

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Leadership Character Reputation Is the 21st Century Competitive Edge

Jun 15, 2018

Leadership Character Reputation Is the 21st Century Competitive Edge

There is a significant and measurable relationship between the collective character reputation of senior leaders and the conditions for compliance in a workplace. And this correlation extends to the bottom line. Conversely, leadership teams that do not demonstrate characteristics of integrity, personal responsibility, compassion and forgiveness cultivate environments more susceptible to misconduct – similarly affecting profitability.

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Character Reputation of Senior Leaders Is Foundation of Compliance ROI

May 7, 2018

Character Reputation of Senior Leaders Is Foundation of Compliance ROI

There is a rise in organizations looking to character as the means to elevate their current compliance and risk initiatives. In powerful 2015 research published with Harvard Business Review Press, the collective Character Reputation of a leadership team has a unique, significant and predictable relationship with corporate risk, profitability and employee engagement.

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Video – Oracle C-Suite Day: Leading in the Experience Economy, December 2017
This is why we value likability over competence

Jan 3, 2018

This is why we value likability over competence

A popular narrative put forth by business schools and Steve Jobs worshippers is that jerks get ahead and prosper because we will permit an employee's unpleasant social shortcomings if the results are worth it. Fred Kiel, founder of leadership firm KRW International, said that the successful jerk myth persists because we are taught to reframe toxic behavior as good leadership.

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Character from the Top: An Interview with Fred Kiel

Jun 1, 2017

Character from the Top: An Interview with Fred Kiel

Fred Kiel and his team at KRW International spent seven years studying almost 100 CEOs, their executive staff and their employees. The goal? – To devise and implement a quantifiable way to answer the question: Does a leader’s character really contribute to an organization’s bottom line.

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Character really counts toward the bottom line

May 31, 2017

Character really counts toward the bottom line

There is a great line from the movie Pulp Fiction, in which the suave troubleshooter Winston Wolf tells our protagonists, “Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character.” Indeed.

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What is the Return on Character?

May 16, 2016

What is the Return on Character?

People long for their leaders to be men and women of character, to be people of integrity. Researchers and leadership authors continually contend that the best leaders are those who love and care for those they lead. But does character impact results? Is there a return on character? People often measure ROI (return on investment), but is there a ROC (return on character)?

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How senior team character impacts the bottom line

May 13, 2016

How senior team character impacts the bottom line

Most senior leadership teams leave a lot of unclaimed value on the table. Others actually do more – they actively destroy a lot of value – perhaps unknowingly, but nevertheless value destruction happens with alarming regularity.

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Return on Character, interview with Fred Kiel, PhD

Feb 16, 2016

Return on Character, interview with Fred Kiel, PhD

Welcome to a Leadership Channel Podcast on TotalPicture. Joining Peter Clayton today is Fred Kiel, PhD, co-founder of KRW International, the author of Return On Character. For more than thirty years, he has helped Fortune 500 CEOs and senior executives build organizational effectiveness through leadership excellence and mission alignment.

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