October’s Best Leadership Links


Today we dispatched the October edition of our Leadership That Works Newslettera curated digest of the best leadership links from around the web, sent at the end of each month. As alwayswe’ve also compiled the articles from our newsletter here in case you’re not subscribed to our mailing list but still want to explore captivating leadership insights. In this month’s links: how to get respect, a purpose playlist, tips for harnessing your ambition — and much more. (If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive our newsletter here).

How Do Women Get to the C-Suite?

Our Founder, Doug Conant, is honored to be profiled as a “male champion of women” in author Joann Lublin’s fascinating new book, in which she identifies 5 key traits of women who break the glass ceiling and ascend to executive roles. An overview of the 5 key traits is covered in this interesting Fast Company post.

Looking for Purpose? There’s a Playlist for That.

If you, like many leaders, are looking for resources to better connect with your purpose, we recommend this video playlist of 7 essential purpose-centric TED talks.

Choose Your Discomfort.

“Most of us need an external stimulus to do our best work.” says Seth Godin in this interesting post. “The challenge is that sometimes, we pick the wrong stimulus.” Yes, we need discomfort to grow, but what kind is up to us and should be chosen carefully.

Want Feedback? Just Ask. 

“It takes humility to say ‘How am I doing?’ And even more humility to consider the answer.” says this Inc. post that covers the competitive advantage of humility and offers 5 tactics to lead more humbly.

Culture Is up to You. 

“If you are interested in changing the culture of your organization, your first step should be to look in the mirror” writes author Jim Whitehurst in this Harvard Business Reviewarticle that touts the importance of leading culture change with your own behaviors.

C an an Oath Keep Wall Street Honest? 

A new book covered in this The Atlantic article looks at recent Wall Street scandals and analyzes the ethics involved in each. It becomes clear that there is a lot of complexity involved — and that the answer to ensuring more ethical practices may be found in more creative solutions than old-hat regulations.

How to Better Harness Ambition.

“Ambition run amok undercuts your resilience,” writes author Paula Davis-Laack in this helpful list of 10 ways to ensure ambition is working for you on your leadership journey, not against you.

No, Automation Won’t Eliminate All the Jobs.

What is the “Productivity Paradox”? It’s the head-scratching conundrum of watching growth slow while innovation accelerates. That, along with the looming threat of automation, may sound bad, but could actually mean “a future of material abundance and plentiful jobs.” Vox breaks the issue down in this post.

Respect Goes Both Ways. 

To get respect, you’ve got to give it, argues Terry Starbucker in this post. That may seem like a blinding glimpse of the obvious, but Starbucker takes it a step further and offers 4 essential actions leaders must take to give — and earn — respect.

50 Women You Need to Know.

This Huffington Post list of 50 formidable female entrepreneurs, go-getters, and leaders will inspire you to put your best foot forward — and includes a nice profile of Dorie Clark, the first recipient of our Champion of Leadership That Works Award.

Recent Resources From ConantLeadership:

Checklist: Test Your Leadership Character

Checklist: Test Your Leadership Competence

How to Be a Leadership Hero

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