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Leadership Blogs

May 2, 2013

Clara Hughes, Olympic Champion - An Interview with Gerard Seijts on Leadership

Clara Hughes answers 3 questions on Leadership.
Mar 11, 2013

Transforming Leadership through Notre Projet

Leadership is a powerful word and thus difficult to define properly. Leadership is so many things and it would take too long to go through all the different components of leadership, let alone the special attributes that good leaders embody.
Mar 6, 2013

Leadership Is More Than Simply Having The Word CEO Beside Your Name

As Nortel's recent accounting scandal makes clear, there is a big difference between questionable judgment and illegal behavior. The ranks of acquitted Canadian business executives might eventually be joined by the former executives of SNC-Lavalin currently under suspicion of bribery.
Dec 21, 2012

Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

Think of the ongoing difficulties that both business and political leaders encounter in addressing the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008. Millions of people are affected by the lack of leadership prior, during, and after the crisis.
Nov 2, 2012

A Reflection on Leadership based on my experience with the LEADER Project

Leadership is a quality that’s innate in me. Whether it was in the playground at pre-school, the soccer-field growing up, student council in high school or various teams I am involved in at Ivey, a common theme has been my desire and willingness to lead.
Sep 27, 2012

Critical Lessons in Learning to Lead

A Canadian business leader from the financial industry, never shy to share his opinion, recently told me: “What I’ve learned as a leader is that life is a blackboard that you cannot erase. Everything counts. There’s no such thing as a time-out. There’s no such a thing as ‘it doesn’t count’.”
Jun 5, 2012

LTG Russel Honoré - Leadership

On May 10, Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (Ret.) attended a black tie dinner at Western University, where he kicked off a conference on collaboration jointly hosted by the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Central Michigan University.
Apr 5, 2012

The Cabin Path - Book Write Up

Based on his experiences at summer camp and his academic journey through the HBA and MBA programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Jay Gilbert writes in his book “The Cabin Path: Leadership Lessons Learned At Camp” about the everyday experiences at summer camp that transform counsellors.
Jan 27, 2012

Are Psychopaths Responsible for the Financial Crisis?

It almost seems too easy to believe that we could end corporate corruption and excessive risk-taking if only we could root out a few “crazy” bad guys. It’s also not very likely. Ample research has taught us that perfectly normal and decent people can do pretty objectionable, even horrible, things.
Jan 27, 2012

Leaders Who Exhibit Psychopathic Characteristics

It often seems that whether leaders who exhibit psychopathic characteristics are hated or loved depends less on their character than on their outcomes. Those who manage to avoid scandal are often commended for some of the same types of behaviours that are condemned in their discredited counterparts.