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Character: Why Good Leadership Matters

In this video:

Gerard Seijts, Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Ivey Business School, and Kimberly Young Milani, Director of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at Ivey Business School, explore the importance of character-driven leadership, unpack why character has often been overlooked in leadership discourse and education, and share insights for how highlighting stories of exemplary leader character creates positive impact.

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Kimberly Young Milani
is an accomplished leadership professional and has occupied director-level positions in academic centres and institutes across Western University. In 2017, Kimberley joined Ivey Business School’s Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, an Institute at the forefront of knowledge creation in the leader character area. She co-founded Ivey’s Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program (LAMP) in 2019. Kimberley is also proud to be a member of Ivey's EDI Advisory Council.

Gerard Seijts received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998. Prior to joining Ivey Business School in 2000, he was on the faculty at the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Gerard has written many cases on topics including, but not limited to, leadership, leader character, leading change, organizational turnarounds, crisis management, organizational culture and alignment, teams and managing conflict in teams.


Character: What contemporary leaders can teach us about building a more just, prosperous, and sustainable future

The latest book from the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership provides an exceptional opportunity to become a better leader by applying the extraordinary yet down-to-earth insights from the authors’, Gerard Seijts and Kimberly Young Milani, accessible scholarship and interviews with truly distinguished leaders whose lessons on building stronger societies through character-based leadership are moving, powerful, and evergreen. 

Rated Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Business Ethics, you can pre-order your copy of Character: What Contemporary Leaders Can Teach Us About Building a More Just, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future:

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About The Ivey Academy at Ivey Business School

The Ivey Academy at Ivey Business School is the home for executive Learning and Development (L&D) in Canada. It is Canada’s only full-service L&D house, blending Financial Times top-ranked university-based executive education with talent assessment, instructional design and strategy, and behaviour change sustainment. 

Rooted in Ivey Business School’s real-world leadership approach, The Ivey Academy is a place where professionals come to get better, to break old habits and establish new ones, to practice, to change, to obtain coaching and support, and to join a powerful peer network. Follow the Ivey Academy on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.