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Aug 1, 2016

Managing Personal Drive and the Fear of Failure - Lessons from Nick Leeson, the Rogue Trader who brought down Barings Bank

There are lessons we can all draw from Leeson's story in order to be more aware of our driving motivations as leaders.
Jun 10, 2016

My Leadership Development So Far

The artifact I brought today to illustrate my leadership lesson is a sedimentary rock as I see it as a metaphor for how leadership skills are developed.
May 26, 2016

What Character Dimensions Are Most Important for Entrepreneurs?

As a result of my experience, I was surprised to learn that a study by Ivey Business School found that Temperance was one of the lowest ranked dimensions of character in a survey of employees at North American MNC’s, ranking the perceived importance of the 11 character dimensions.
May 6, 2016

Why We Should Thank Enron's Former Chief Financial Officer

And that's why -- whether you can forgive Fastow or not -- we should all thank the former CFO of Enron. Simply put, he sends future leaders a message that they are not getting from politicians involved in the Duffy affair.
Apr 30, 2016

The best objective in life is to be a good ancestor: An interview with Tim Hockey

As a leader, Tim has spent considerable time thinking about his personal mission. That self-definition has changed over time. Recently, he developed a novel construct: the aspiration to be a good ancestor.
Mar 16, 2016

Leader Character: Transforming Culture in Financial Institutions

While character may often feel subjective, intimate, or tricky to talk about and develop, it must make its way into leadership and development discussions. There are ways to make it easier. Ivey’s leadership model is one such way.
Feb 15, 2016

Authenticity, openness, and carving your path to greatness – all with a little Chutzpah Leadership lessons from Jeanne Beker

Say the words “Fashion Television” in Canada and only one name comes to mind. I'm sure you all know who I'm talking about. Having become synonymous with her trade, Jeanne Beker has achieved a rare degree of fame.
Jul 29, 2015

Bridging the Gap in the Study of Leadership

Character needs to be embedded in organizational systems and processes to ensure that it receives the same profile as competencies in organizations. The challenge for organizations is to deliver on character awareness, assessment and development. At the Institute we relish this opportunity.
Apr 1, 2015

We Shouldn't Romanticize Steve Jobs as a CEO

Investors and consumers were clearly excited to learn that Apple was readying itself to launch its first new product in five years, a smartwatch costing US$350 to US$10,000. (photo ©iStock / Justin Sullivan)
Jan 23, 2015

Why Vulnerability Leads to Great Leadership

Everybody knows it is important for leaders to show confidence and competence. But good leadership requires more than that. As management guru Jim Collins put it, a good leader combines both humility and fierce resolve.