Leadership Development Resources for Senior Executives
As leaders move up in the organization, their impact--and the skills they need to develop--changes in important ways.
Given the number of people we impact, it is critical that senior executives:
- Cultivate self-awareness to reduce the gap between their intentions and their impact;
- Reflect on their set-backs and challenges to enhance resilience;
- Remember that their character will have an out-sized impact on the willingness of others to follow them;
- Cultivate the leadership skills of those coming up in the organization behind them;
- Learn to work with political appointees;
- Create a climate of candor;
- Foster innovation;
- Leave a legacy by making the organization stronger;
- Learn to manage managers, as executives are farther removed from the front lines; and
- Continually improve their leadership skills, as those who stop learning inevitaby derail.
- Leadership in the Crucible: The Paradox of Character and Power, by Ray Blunt
Suggests three leadership development activities leaders can/should engage in to stay grounded and avoid hubris and other character failings.
- Growing Leaders of Character
Interview with Gene Klann, author of Growing Leaders of Character
- The Three Cs in Developing Leaders, by Ray Blunt
Growing the next generation of leaders is your most important job. How do you make time for it?
- Centering on Mentoring, by Martha Johnson
Blog post by former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson about how what the mentor gets out of a mentoring relationship.
- One Person at a Time, by Don Jacobson
Lessons about learning to lead from Mother Teresa.
- Leaders and Stories, by Ray Blunt
How you can use stories to grow leaders coming up behind you in the organization.
- Total System Power, by Barry Oshry
We all play different roles in different contexts. How we approach each role has a big impact on the dynamics in our organizations.
- The Leadership Dilemma in a Democratic Society
Series of systems maps that explain some of the unique challenges facing career leaders in government.
- The Leadership Challenge, by Michael Roberto
Chapter 1 of the book Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer
- The Successes of Leaders, by Ray Blunt
Ray Blunt challenges us to think differently about the meaning of success.
- The Toughest Choices a Leader Must Make, by Ray Blunt
There are a few specific decisions you must make that will have a major impact on your effectiveness as a leader.
- Notes from a Reflective Practitioner of Innovation, by Ellen Schall
Real world insights about about creating a climate conducive to innovation.
- Creating an Innovative Organization, by Bob Behn
Ten hints for supporting innovation among front-line workers.
- Leaders Who Lead
Leaders, by Kenneth A. Tucker
How to build the capacity of your leadership team.