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    Resources for Leadership Development in 2020

    Leadership Development

    From ground-level managers to senior executives, it’s leadership that makes a company.

    In fact, Gallup found that 70% of the variance in employee engagement is attributed to managers.


    Given the ever-tightening labor market, solid leadership is more important than ever. But, leadership development doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Below are a number of lists for leadership development resources. 


    Leadership Development Associations


    Leadership development associations provide a central hub for leadership training resources. They’re an essential tool when developing a leadership development strategy. 


    Listed below, you’ll find the top organizations that specialize in developing leadership.


    The American Management Association

    Human Capital Institute

    Society for Human Resource Management

    Association for Talent Development

    World Economic Forum

    American Leadership Development Association

    National Management Association

    American Society of Association Executives

    Association of Leadership Programs

    International Leadership Association

    Academy of Human Resource Development

    Center for Creative Leadership

    Harvard Business Publishing: Corporate Learning

    Harvard Business Review

    Business Professionals of America

    Association of Latino Professionals For America

    The Senior Executives Association

    American Veterinary Medical Association


    TedTalks on Leadership

    TedTalks are an excellent way to reinforce leadership lessons. They offer bite-sized inspiration that can fit in anywhere. 


    Below are some of the best leadership talks available. 

    Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

    Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

    Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

    Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe

    Elizabeth Lyle: How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders

    Charlene Li: Efficient leadership in the digital era

    Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

    Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

    Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors

    Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn … then lead

    David Logan: Tribal leadership

    Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex

    Sheryl Sandberg: So we leaned in … now what?

    Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

    John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

    Rick Warren: A life of purpose

    Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

    Adam Grant: Are you a giver or a taker?

    Brene Brown: On Vulnerability

    Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

    Tom Wujec: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast

    Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership’s missing manual

    Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

    Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

    Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

    Linda Cliatt-Wayman: How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

    Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers

    Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are

    How should a CEO lead? A musical exploration

    Charlene Li: Efficient leadership in the digital era


    Thought Leaders

    Thought leaders provide a wealth of content. Going straight to the source of those quotes you’re always seeing is a great way of finding deeper insights. 


    Below are some essential thought leaders to look into and model after. 


    Marshall Goldsmith

    Simon Sinek

    John Maxwell

    Jon GordonLolly Daskal

    Richard Branson

    Susan Cain

    Bill Taylor

    Jennifer McClure

    Patricia Fripp



    Leadership development workshops provide hands-on experience that can pack a lot of learning into a short amount of time. There’s a lot out there, however, so it’s vital that you find one that caters to your needs. 


    Below is a selection of proven workshops with a variety of specialties. 


    DX Learning Solutions

    Gotham Culture

    EY Learning & Development

    Disney Institute: Professional Development & Leadership Training

    John Maxwell: On-Site Workshops

    CMOE: Bottom Line Leadership Training

    LinkedIn Learning

    Dale Carnegie Leadership Development

    Talensmart: Emotional Intelligence Certification

    WJM Associates: Leadership Development Workshops

    World Business Forum

    The Ken Blanchard Companies: Leadership Events and Training


    Leadership Development Books

    CEOs on average read 60 books a year. This isn’t a coincidence. To be an effective leader, there’s no way of getting around the need for the occasional deep dive. 


    Below are some essential classics in leadership development to get you started. 


    The Science of Story: Brand is a Reflection of Culture by Adam Fridman

    Developing Global Leader: Insights from African Case Studies

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition) by John C. Maxwell,

    Think Outside the Building How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

    Applied Leadership Development (Leadership: Research and Practice) by Al Bolea and Leanne Atwater

    The Leadership Investment: How the World’s Best Organizations Gain Strategic Advantage Through Leadership Development by Robert M. Fulmer Marshall Goldsmith, Robert M. Fulmer, Marshall Goldsmith

    Feeding Your Leadership Pipeline: How to Develop the Next Generation of Leaders in Small to Mid-Sized Companies by Daniel Tobin

    Best Practices in Talent Management: How the World’s Leading Corporations Manage, Develop, and Retain Top Talent by Marshall Goldsmith

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications by Bernard M. Bass, Ruth Bass

    Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading an Organization by Ron Williams

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust (The Humble Leadership Series)

    Leadership is an Art, by Max DePree

    Leadershift, by John C. Maxwell


    Scholarly Leadership Research

    Unfortunately, the world of leadership development is full of claims that aren’t backed by research. The best way to get around this is to turn straight to scholarly research. 


    Test your assumptions and read the insightful, research-backed articles below. 


    Global Leadership Development
    Why Leadership Development Efforts Fail 
    Leadership Development: The Path to Greater Effectiveness
    Harvard Business Review: The State of Leadership Development Report Leadership Development

    Leadership Development Method: A Literature Review of Leadership Development Strategy and Tactics

    The Many Faces of Leadership: Proposing Research Agenda Through a Review of Literature

    How Effective Leadership Can Facilitate Change in Organizations through Improvement and Innovation 

    RAND Corporation: Organizational Leadership Development

    Research on the Importance of Leadership Development

    Leadership Development: A Review and Agenda for Future Research

    Senior Leaders’ Strategic Role in Leadership Development


    Leadership Conferences and Live Events

    Like concerts and sporting events, live leadership events have a special way of pumping you up. They provide the inspiration you need to take that pivotal next step. 


    Below is an exciting assortment of live events and conferences in leadership development. 


    Work Human Live

    EntreLeadership Conferences

    Learning Solutions Conference

    Human Capital Institute: 2020 Learning & Leadership Development Conference

    2020 Chief Executive Leadership Summit

    Stanford Business: Executive Education

    Gartner CIO Leadership Forum

    Women’s Leadership Conference 

    Leadercast 2020

    WORLDZ Summit

    Talent Development Think Tank

    Business Agility Conference

    Small Business Leadership Conference

    Imagine Your Workplace 

    Culture Summit

    SHRM Annual Conference

    OPTIMA Conference

    Forbes Under 30 Summit

    Forbes Women’s Summit

    Techstars Startup Week

    EY: The Strategic Growth Forum

    Tugboat Institute 

    The Culture First Global Conference

    Responsive Conference

    The Culture Conference 


    Continuing Education


    New developments are emerging every day. In today’s marketplace, lifelong learning is essential to remain competitive. 


    The programs below provide the education leaders today need to develop. 


    eCornell: Leadership Certificates

    Walsh College: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

    SNHU: Organizational Leadership (BS)

    Growing Leaders

    UC Berkeley: Leadership Development Programs

    Yale: Leadership Development Programs

    Brockport: Leadership Development

    Bloomfield: Student Leadership Development Program

    Rider: Leadership Development Program

    Umass Lowell: Leadership Development & Rotational Programs

    Great Valley: Master of Leadership Development

    Southern Maine Community College: Leadership Development Courses

    Harvard Business School: Program for Leadership Development

    Babson College: Leadership Series

    Colorado State University: Online Organizational Leadership BS 

    Michigan Ross: Emerging Leaders Program

    MIT: Leadership in an Exponentially Changing World

    Antioch University: Graduate School of Leadership and Change

    Northwestern: Kellogg Executive Education

    NYU: Leadership Courses

    Columbia: Leadership Development

    Wharton: Leadership Programs

    University of Colorado Boulder: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

    Emory: Leadership Development

    Queens University of Charlotte: Executive Leadership Institute 

    Sellinger Business School: Advanced Leadership Development Program – Sellinger Business School

    University of Minnesota: Leadership Development Programs

    Vanderbilt: Leadership Development Program

    Lynchburg: Leadership Development

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