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Why Cross-functional Teams Need Strong Leaders

Idea posted: November 2020
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

An experimental study of the decision-making process in cross-functional teams reveals the impact of leadership, or lack thereof, on the quality of the teams’ decisions and the satisfaction of team members with those decisions.

Idea #778
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Women's March, Las Angeles, 2017. Photo by Samantha Sophia on Unsplash

Male Subordinate Bias Against Female Bosses: The Evidence from Schools

Idea posted: June 2020
  • CSR & Governance
  • Leadership & Change

A new study based on male teacher reactions to female principals — based on 40 years of data — sheds light on continued biases against female leaders in all industries and sectors.

Idea #771
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American Shipping off the Rock of Gibraltar, Ivan Aivazovsky, 1873 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Ships in the Night: How to Unite Warring Executives

Idea posted: May 2020
  • Leadership & Change
Institutions: INSEAD

Executives often flounder, unable to execute a strategic vision and lead their people as they battle other executives over conflicting goals and priorities. Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries shows how group coaching instills a team culture among executives that breaks the deadlock, creates alignment, and helps them fulfill their roles as leaders.

Idea #770
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When More Is Not Better

Book Published: September 2020
  • Strategy
  • Leadership & Change
  • Finance
Authors: Roger L. Martin

Martin's focus in this book is founded on the dislocation that has occurred in the industrialised world between the rewards people receive and the output generated. By late 2019 it was evident that the elite had been doing better than the rest for some time, exemplified by the growing disparity between top executive pay in comparison to that of everyone else.

The book was written (though not published) before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, so many of the key drivers he cites seem oddly blind to today's preoccupations and new contexts.

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Book Published: August 2020
  • Strategy
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini

'Making Organisations More Human' has been the theme of Ideas for Leaders since our inception, and it has been a core theme of Hamel and Zanini's since 2015 too. We see that the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of transactional activity at the expense of relational activity, and that leads to an over-focus on process and an under-focus on the magic that happens when people work together in a trusting, open and mature environment. 

Hamel and Zanini recall that in April 2017 United Airlines staff forcibly dragged a passenger off a flight which was over-booked. The...

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Leading Strategic Alignment - Jonathan Trevor - Oxford Saïd Business School

Podcast Recorded: July 2020
  • Strategy
  • Leadership & Change
  • alignment
Podcast Guest: Prof Jonathan Trevor

We know that the best aligned enterprises are also the highest performing enterprises—the most change ready, and the most resilient. We must—says Saïd Business School’s Dr Jonathan Trevor—therefore be developing within our corporations, the leadership capabilities required to achieve that strategic alignment, as a matter of urgency.

In this webinar Jonathan Trevor opens up this very particular set of leadership capabilities, which he describes as enterprise leadership, to address a very particular challenge: How to Lead Strategic Alignment?

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Global Table Conversation #8: Alice Bromage and the Black Mambas on Resilience, Leadership and Growth

What can we learn from an all-female anti-poaching unit that transfers to organisations globally? Alice Bromage, a former British army officer, who has worked closely with the Black Mambas, takes us through a detailed look at the complexities of their wider context and how by focusing on and 'doing the right thing' with the team it has transformed not just the women unit members, and massively improved the anti-poaching ourcomes, but also has wider effects to their communities, health and sense of self-value and possibilities of what they can achieve. 

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Book Published: November 2019
  • Strategy
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Jonathan Trevor

Trevor opens with a case study of a large business, which had grown quickly led by a charismatic CEO. The CEO was beloved by employees but feared by his senior team. He had always had all the answers but the size and complexity of the business prevented him from being able to oversee it all now, and now wanted his senior team to run the operations and discover new solutions. As each division was run as a standalone entity (and competed for glory between each other at Board meetings) this collaborative approach, that might leverage economies-of-scale was not in their mindset. The case study...

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Trust & Clarity Conversation with Emmanuel Mankura and Krishna Thapa

Emmanuel Mankura is a Maasai Elder and Krishna Thapa a Nepali Gurkha, as well as UK special forces senior mountain leader and Everest summiteer.

In this two hour conversation with a group from the Ideas for Leaders community they discuss the importance of Trust and Clarity in a leadership role, and how these issues have shaped they way they behave as leaders - as well as how their communities and experiences have developed these capacities.

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Global Table Conversation #2: Krishna Thapa and Alice Bromage

Subscriber only Content - 'Conversations from around the Global Table' are participative online events, where we bring  guests who have different perspectives on the world, through their cultural background or work and life experiences, to share some stories and thinking with us. Audience members are able to directly ask questions of the guest and share reflections on the discussion with everyone listening. All subscribers to Ideas for Leaders are invited to join the sessions.

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