10 best practice tips for developing executive leaders

Deloitte’s two-year “NextGen” executive leadership development experience is one of the most robust programs in corporate America. Here are the 10 most important program takeaways that any executive or talent development program can use.

Once, Sears was the whole world

While the Amazon model is unique and modern, there have certainly been other companies that have strived to be all things to all people. In 1908, that company was Sears.

Great minds, but troubled ones

Starting with medical records and extending back through family histories, Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, author of A First Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, found that many of the greatest leaders lived with some form of mental illness.

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Are you a limo, a microphone, a mountaintop or a valet parking stub?

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Too often when we sit down with job candidates, we set little traps for them to fall into by overanalyzing everything from their handshake to their level of eye contact to their answers to highly unusual questions—factors that can have very little to do with their ability or willingness to do the job. Your goal in interviewing should be to confirm qualifications and get to know the whole person as much as possible; snap judgments based on sneaky tests and gamesmanship won't accomplish that.

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Q. I find it very difficult to overcome the feeling that all my hard work is causing me to miss too much of my children’s lives. Any advice?

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Everyone seems to be seeking work/life balance. And no one seems to desire this more than leaders, managers and supervisors. I doubt there is a person who reads these words that hasn’t or doesn’t struggle with this issue. I’ve been asked about this (a lot) over the years, made some mistakes, learned some things and thought about it (a lot) too. Here is what I have learned, and what I believe to be true …

Q: “Our new Executive Director wants to change my job title from ‘communications director’ to ‘communications manager.’ I don’t believe the title of ‘manager’ accurately reflects the complexity of my work. When I meet with my boss to discuss this issue, I plan to show him my current job description and explain how my work is instrumental to achieving his vision for the company. Do you have any other suggestions?” More than a Manager