Oct 7, 2016

The Rising Price of Bad Leadership

The costs associated with bad leadership do not have to continue to escalate. More organizations simply need to recognize the importance of assessing and developing leadership character.
Aug 25, 2016

Rogue Learnings

Nick Leeson admits he didn’t do particularly well when confronted with things he couldn’t easily cope with. "It goes back to what you call leader character. I’d always encourage people to ask for help. But I lacked the ability to do it myself. It’s that simple."
Apr 29, 2016

Enron Explained

It is still possible to follow rules and commit fraud, which is why more business leaders should heed lessons former all-star CFO Andrew Fastow learned the hard way.
Mar 31, 2016

Being Monica

Public humiliation destroys careers along with personal lives and reputations. Nobody knows that better than Monica Lewinsky.
Oct 16, 2015

Losing Anthopoulos Is Major League Loss for Blue Jays

The focus on character that Toronto’s outgoing GM put in place did more than make the Jays a class act. It created an outstanding ball club.
Sep 25, 2015

Fixing Volkswagen Requires Manufacturing Candid Conversations

Nobody should feel sorry for VW’s former CEO, who lost his job because he failed as a leader.
Jan 30, 2015

Learning from Boardroom Perspectives on Leader Character

In May 2013, Ivey Business Journal published “Leadership Character and Corporate Governance,” which proposed that being an effective board member requires competencies, character and commitment. This paper addresses what we learned and offers six recommendations to improve governance.
Jan 29, 2015

2014 Showed Character Is as Important as Talent

Character has often been described as the difference-maker in sports, business and life. As head of Ivey’s Ihnatowycz Institute, I have said that line hundreds of times. The importance of character in the workplace, especially leader character, has proved all too easy to forget in recent years.
Jan 28, 2015

How to Restore Public Trust in Banking

Markets rise and fall. Recessions come and go. But when it comes to the reputational challenge caused by bankers acting badly, not a lot seems to change from one year to the next.
May 1, 2014

Stress testing the character of future business leaders

May/June 2014. Early one morning late last summer, a bus load of ambitious Ivey Business School students departed from Western University’s campus in London, Ontario, and headed north for a unique course on leadership.