June’s Best Leadership Links


Today we dispatched the June edition of our Leadership That Works Newsletter,  a curated digest of the very best leadership links from around the web sent at the end of every month (compiled by the enthusiastic leadership wonks at ConantLeadership). If you are not subscribed to our mailing list but still have an unquenchable thirst for leadership knowledge – we’ve also compiled the 9 articles from our newsletter letter right here for you to read.  This month’s links touch on diversity, trust, self-development, and more. Enjoy! (And if you like what you see, you can sign up to receive leadership insights from ConantLeadership here).

Diversity Makes Companies Perform Better. 

Want to become a top performing company? “Diverse, welcoming companies perform better than their more homogeneous competitors” writes Bill George in this LinkedIn article that features a host of research and data to support the argument.

A Leadership Thinker You Might Have Overlooked.

This Harvard Business Review post revisits the enlightened thinking of one of the forgotten influencers of modern management  — and highlights the 1 lesson from his ideology that can help us trudge through the complexity of today’s workplace: trust.

A “Case of the Mondays” Is Good for Your Brain. 

In this Fast Company post, scientist Bob Nease explains recent findings that, “our brains are better primed to make decisions than they usually are” on Mondays. He provides interesting ways we can use this information to be better tuned in to our decision-making every day of the week.

Hey, C-Suite, You Have to Learn and Grow, Too. 

It’s commonplace for executives to require their subordinates to pursue learning and development. But they don’t model the behavior themselves. Mary Jo Asmus gives execs a kick in the pants with these 3 tips for modeling self-development.

Now You Can Easily Find Out Which Brands Ace Gender Equality. 

The new LedBetter Gender Equality Index was launched to “increase transparency about which brands and companies employ women at top leadership positions.”  How do your favorite brands rank? Hopefully they don’t fall anywhere on this The Cut list of 10 brands who flunk.

It’s Your Job to Keep People Energized. 

Author Jesse Sostrin writes, “employee disengagement costs the U.S. economy as much as US$350 billion annually.” A big factor is a growing gap between demands and capacity to meet the demands. In this Strategy + Business post, he gives 3 helpful tactics for keeping people engaged.

Legendary Coach, Pat Summit, on Leadership.

This week, legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summit, passed away. Summit was one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history and was named one of the 50 Best Coaches of All Time. This post memorializes her legacy with 12 of her most inspiring quotes on life and leadership.

The 10 Question Challenge. 

Can you hold yourself to answering 5 questions every morning, and 5 questions every evening? These 10 questions from Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, when built into a daily practice of reflection, can take your leadership growth to the next level. Are you up to the challenge?

Dad (Sometimes) Knows Best. 

In honor of this month’s recent Father’s Day observance, this interesting post rounds up the best leadership advice that 9 notable business leaders received from their dads. Each piece of advice is short, sweet, and actionable.

A final thought: what leadership links did you discover this month that challenged, intrigued, or inspired you? 

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