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Apr 2, 2020

Lighting the way: Women, character & COVID-19

As we witness the prominent visibility of women leading us through the COVID-19 pandemic, our research has found women rate the importance of collaboration, humanity, humility, justice and temperance – key dimensions to navigating the current crisis - higher than men.
Mar 12, 2020

Great Leaders are Made!

Leadership lessons from the Ivey Leadership Summit -an event to mark the 10th Anniversary since the founding of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, one of the world’s pre-eminent centers for the research, teaching and outreach on leader character.
Dec 2, 2019

Transcendence: The expansive view

People with transcendence see possibility where others do not. They demonstrate a sense of purpose in life and derive meaning from their work. Transcendent leaders are optimistic, believing that not only is change possible— but more importantly— that they are capable of creating it.
Nov 22, 2019

Judgement: Body-checking good judgment in Coach’s Corner

When you have good judgment, you can see into the very depth of challenging issues, and reason effectively in uncertain or ambiguous situations. The most recent uproar involving Don Cherry shows the importance of good judgment and how its lack can quickly land people in hot water.
Nov 18, 2019

Drive: Striving for Success, Requiring Caution

If you have drive, you have a strong desire to succeed, you tackle problems with a sense of urgency, and you approach challenges with energy and passion. However, drive without the support of the other dimensions of leader character, can be a cautionary tale.
Nov 11, 2019

Justice: The benefit of an evolved morality

Leaders who are committed to justice remain objective and keep personal biases to a minimum, while seeking to redress wrongdoings inside and outside the organization or in society as a whole.
Nov 1, 2019

Temperance: Your personal braking system

Temperance is essential to good judgment and yet research reveals that this dimension often scores the lowest within individuals. This lack is analogous to having sports car with a poor braking system. Sooner or later you may hit a wall at 180 km/h – will you survive the impact?
Oct 24, 2019

Humility: Valuing everybody’s contribution

History has shown us time and again that without some measure of humility, leaders can fail through overconfidence, arrogance and hubris.  But what exactly do we mean by humility?
Oct 17, 2019

Humanity: We are not independent but interdependent

Individuals who exhibit humanity empathize with and support colleagues—they offer encouragement and check in. For leaders, this also means understanding that people are fallible and offering opportunities for individuals to learn from their mistakes.
Oct 10, 2019

Collaboration: Being a piece of the greater whole

Leaders must be constantly striving to create collaborative networks and relationships that can be developed and mined to support creativity, innovation, and productivity to drive their organization’s interests, as well as the common good.