Chapter 17Some New Things We're Learning about Leadership

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

—RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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I wanted to include a number of topics in this chapter, not all of which are related to each other. They contain areas I am following and trends in the field of leadership. The first covers some of the work related to the neuroscience of leadership. It is becoming popular to use work from neuropsychology and apply it to leadership. At MHS we've been leading the way with some of our research on executive functioning. We'll look at how it can apply to leadership.

Then I cover the topic of change. It seems that you can't really talk about leadership without dealing with change. Change is everywhere today, and, of course, we all react to change in different ways. I'll present some of the work that originated at Discovery Learning International (now part of MHS) and the Center for Creative Leadership that companies around the world have found useful in helping manage change in their organizations.

It seems that everywhere you look there is something about Millenials or Gen Zers. There is still some debate about the usefulness of the various generational distinctions and whether they even exist. Well, I won't deal with the speculation, just the data. We have the largest database of emotional intelligence test scores in the world, and we'll explore what our data say about these generational differences. ...

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