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Where Are Women Leaders?

Posted by  Jessica Petor

women_leadership-thumb.jpgWomen in leadership is currently a hot topic, especially after the 2016 presidential race that included the first female presidential candidate nominated by a major political party, Hillary Clinton. But women are not new to leadership in politics. Fun Fact: The first woman to run for United States President was Victoria Claflin Woodhull in 1872, who ran against Ulysses S. Grant. Although it may appear that women are becoming more active and present in leadership roles, that is grossly untrue.


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Driving Organizational Change: 5 Tips for Leaders

Posted by  Rose Keith

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Change is an inevitable part of life, and organizational change is also unavoidable. Even though most of us realize this is true, it doesn’t mean that going through it is always easy or comfortable. Most change within organizations begins at the leadership level and comes as a result of something deemed worthy of accomplishing.

But how can leadership drive change effectively?


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Choosing a Leadership Assessment: How and Why?

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

leadership_assessments.jpgPre-employment testing and assessment is most often thought about in the context of entry- and mid-level positions. While this is certainly due to the fact that these types of positions are the most plentiful, it can sometimes lead organizations to believe that they either cannot or should not use similar pre-hire assessments for higher level leadership positions. That's simply not the case.


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Using Culture Fit to Hire (and Keep) Your Top Managers

Posted by  Kristin Delgado

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Chances are, you’ve been hearing a lot about this lately:  Organizations are increasingly turning to the concept of “culture fit” for successful recruiting and hiring. In fact, 'good cultural fit' is often viewed as more important than actual technical skillset or qualifications. Employees whose values align with the organization are more satisfied with the job, more productive, and tend to stay with the organization far longer than employees that tend not to share the same values, or, are not a good culture fit. One way to ensure that the right talent is hired is to use selection assessments that measure candidates’ cultural fit.

To maintain a healthy organizational culture, cultural fit criteria must also be used to select and hire management.


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82% of Your Managers Aren't Effective At Their Job

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

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That got your attention, didn’t it?  According to Gallup research, 8 out of 10 of your managers aren’t effective at their job.  To be exact, 82% of managers were not displaying important leadership skills and abilities needed to perform well on the job.  Only 18% of current managers have proficient skills and traits that demonstrate leadership talent.  This means that several companies are missing out on bringing in leaders who are effective and talented in their position.


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What Does it Take to Be a Good Leader in MY Company?

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

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What does it take to be a good leader in my company? That’s the question Facebook asked recently.  Facebook wanted to better understand what makes managers excel within the company, so they conducted a company-wide analysis of its roughly 12,000 employee workforce. They first identified teams that were most engaged and happiest in their roles. Then, they reached out to the highest-rated teams and asked them what their managers did to make their work experience rewarding. Out of all the conversations, 7 common behaviors emerged as being important:


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Can a Great Leader Be a Great Leader in ANY Organization?

Posted by  Jaclyn Menendez

great-leadership-1.jpgThe title of this post might seem like a straightforward question, but it’s actually addressing several complex concepts. In order to answer this question, we need to ask several more: why can a leader succeed in one organization but fail in another? What external factors influence leadership? And out of a sea of great leaders, how do you select the best one for your company’s particular needs? Furthermore, one of the most difficult dilemmas is when an organization is thinking about hiring a leader when that leader failed at their last company.


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5 Negative Consequences of Hiring a Bad Leader

Posted by  Christian Spielman

bad-leadership.jpgMost people know that it’s important to hire good leaders. There are all kinds of positive outcomes associated with focusing on hiring great talent. But what happens if you don’t? A poor hiring decision at the leadership level can be detrimental to your company. Consider these five side effects of hiring a bad leader.


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Uncover What Great Leaders Do Differently Than Other Leaders

Posted by  Alli Besl

great-leader.jpgWe all know that having great leaders is a critical piece of success for all organizations. However, less clear are the behaviors great leaders engage in that others do not. For that reason, we designed a research program to shed some light on this question. We had access to interesting behavioral criteria.

First, we were given permission to access an organization’s Success Coach feedback system. This system allows individuals to request feedback on various components of their job or work. For example, if someone delivered a presentation, they could leave the meeting and immediately send a feedback request to the meetings’ members to ask for information regarding how well they did on that specific presentation. Having this type of access to real-time feedback is important and useful for continued growth and development of both leaders and their subordinates.


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Ask the Expert: How Important Is Industry Experience When Hiring Leaders?

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

ask-an-expert.jpgEditor's Note: This post is a question that we often receive from clients. We decided to have Select's Manager of Product Development, Amie Lawrence, Ph.D., give a detailed answer.

Question:

I have a couple of hiring managers who reject all leadership candidates who do not have experience in our specific industry. The problem is that we work in a niche industry and finding experienced candidates can be challenging. How important is industry experience when hiring leaders?

Dr. Lawrence's Answer:


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