Weekend Leadership Reading: 1/26/18

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about how more women can get to the top, changing behavior, Terry Gross on the art of the interview, leadership, and why good leaders fail.

From Jane Edison Stevenson and Evelyn Orr: We Interviewed 57 Female CEOs to Find Out How More Women Can Get to the Top

“Only 6.4% of Fortune 500 companies are run by female CEOs, and while there is incremental progress — there are 32 female CEOs this year, the highest percentage ever, compared with only 21 last year — the rate of change can feel excruciatingly slow. But what if there were a way to make breakthrough progress by applying research-based tools and strategies to boost these numbers faster? With that objective in mind — and as part of their 100×25 initiative, which is pushing for female CEOs to lead 100 of the Fortune 500 by 2025 — the Rockefeller Foundation provided a grant for Korn Ferry to design and execute a research project geared to developing action-oriented initiatives to create a sustainable pipeline of female CEOs.”

From Alison Eyring: Want To Change Your Behavior? Make An Star Chart

“Several years ago as the working mom of two small girls, I was delighted to find a book called ‘Potty Train your Child in One Week’. I quickly read through the book and learned a few powerful lessons. First, it takes a week only when your child is showing all the signs that they’re really ready, you have about three days of standing by them to mop up the mess, and most importantly be sure to positively reinforce the right behaviors once they start to happen.”

Book Suggestion: Pacing for Growth by Alison Eyring

From David Marchese: Terry Gross on the Art of the Q&A and the Guest That Most Surprised Her

“The Fresh Air host on the art of the Q&A, the guest that most surprised her, and how she salvages a tanking interview.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From the London School of Economics: The old man and the sea of leadership: looking for effectiveness

“In this blog post, I present my own description of seven specific areas of leadership scholarship throughout all these years and my reflection upon these theories in light of this fundamental question: What has leadership research really accomplished? These considerations on leadership theories are a product of a lifetime spent on leadership research.”

Book Suggestion: Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World by Walter Kiechel

From John Dyer: Why Do Good Leaders Fail? The Leadership Spectrum in Action

“A truly great leader can flex his leadership style to meet organizational demands. These examples help you understand why.”

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