Introduction

Many say the definition of a leader is someone who can take others to a place they would not go by themselves. If this is true—as we believe it is—today’s frequently changing and complex workplace provides a unique opportunity for leaders to excel. And to excel as leaders, what must they be able to know, do, and communicate? Moreover, what changing technical areas must these leaders be experts in to build and influence the individual, team, and organizational performance capabilities of the entire enterprise? These are the challenges talent development professionals face and the questions we ask at the ATD Forum; they are also the driving force of this book.

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