Dec 23, 2015
Managerial self-improvement might include a healthy emphasis on understanding and developing your character. Companies might start evaluating the character of new hires in a more rigorous way and seek out leaders who demonstrate integrity, responsibility, forgiveness, and compassion. Where might that lead?
Nov 18, 2015
Hot-off-the-press, here is a new book that sounds worth reading! Amazon describes it as follows: Does the character of our leaders matter? You may think this question was answered long ago. Countless business authors and analysts have assured us that great leadership demands great character.
Nov 17, 2015
Fred Kiel is the author of "Return on Character." He is is a founding partner of the leadership development and strategic analytics firm KRW International and a pioneer in the field of executive coaching. In this interview, we discuss his recent research showing how the character of corporate leaders can make a tangible difference to the bottom line.
Nov 13, 2015
There’s something inside us that wants to believe that the good guys win in the end, right? We want to believe that if you treat people well, keep your promises, and work hard, that it all pays off with increased opportunity and reward. Fred Kiel has data to support that you don't have to be Gordon Gecko from the movie Wall Street to win. In this episode, we talk with Fred about his new book Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win.
Nov 9, 2015
Think about all of the bosses you’ve had. It's a good bet that at least one of them has been a total jerk. That may not be an accident. Research suggests not only that some bosses are jerks but that many of them are bosses because they are jerks. That is, being a jerk in one form or another can actually help you become a boss. Not a good boss necessarily, but a boss.
Oct 12, 2015
When leaders of large corporations step down amid controversy, their character is often called into question. Recently, Volkswagon CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down from his post when news broke that the German automaker installed technology intended to defeat emissions testing. Though he claimed not to be aware of the wrongdoing, Winterkorn is known as being a hard-driving perfectionist bent on securing the top spot among global car manufacturers.
Oct 1, 2015
Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy 's (NASDAQ:WEN), didn't have the pedigree usually associated with Fortune 500 leaders. There was neither a family dynasty nor an Ivy League college degree propelling him to win big in the fast-food industry. Yet he reached the pinnacle with his burger chain. What made him a victor? Integrity and tenacity, says Robin Koval, co-author with Linda Thaler of "Grit to Great."
Sep 29, 2015
From Enron to Volkswagen, we’ve watched in horror as leaders who lack integrity have destroyed businesses time and again. But the real tragedy happens when regular leaders, who are otherwise great, sabotage themselves, day after day, with mistakes that they can’t see but are obvious to everyone else.