Leadership Development

August 11, 2006

Wharton Leadership Ventures

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Links to site & article [Wharton Leadership Ventures] 11 August 2006

Over at the Wharton Business School, they’ve come up with this leadership training package called “Wharton Leadership Ventures” for Wharton School students, graduates, and for participants in Wharton Executive Education programs.

As mentioned in the article, these programs were setup in order to “provide a set of engaged, hands-on experiences for exploring and mastering the capabilities for effective individual and team leadership in business and beyond. They are intended to assist participants in improving their capacities to think strategically, communicate effectively, and act decisively. They are designed to foster forward thinking, a bias for action, risk awareness, and fast decisions.

What caught my attention was the 1-day visit to the U.S. Army Battle Lab at Fort Dix, New Jersey, as part of the “Peacekeeping” mission program. According the article their focus is on “developing skills in strategic decision-making, small team leadership, and intra- and inter-group communications when working with conflicting objectives and resources in an uncertain environment whose major actors are both competitive and cooperative.

Another interesting variation of attempting to learn new things from the military is Wharton’s collaboration with the US Marine Corp. They’re using the facilities and expertise of the US Marines Officers Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia such as the Leadership Reaction Course and Combat Course as part of a 2-day program to “provide an intense, hands-on learning experience that emphasizes fast decision-making, team-based problem solving, and effective strategic thinking.

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August 10, 2006

“The Allure of Toxic Leaders”

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Here’s a thought, why do we continue to follow and support bad leaders when their ideas and belief system are not only repellant but also dangerous and destructive to the corporate body?

In this book written by Jean Lipman-Blumen, we explore the reasons as to why smart people choose to follow crap leaders. If anything, at least its an entertaining read into the sordid lives of failed leaders 🙂

From the book-jacket:

“Toxic leaders – such as Ken Lay at Enron or Al Dunlap (“Chainsaw Al”) at Sunbeam, or Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia – have always been with us, and many books explain what makes them tick. But in The Allure of Toxic Leaders, Jean Lipman-Blumen explains what makes followers tick, exploring why we tolerate – and remain steadfastly loyal to – leaders who are destructive to their organizations, their employees, their nations, and their constituents.”

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