Leadership for the Greater Good:

Global Thought Leaders Explore Today's Challenges

ILA’s blog launched in March 2020 amid a world struggling to make sense of the pandemic, racial inequality, and challenges to democracy. We charge our bloggers to apply their leadership knowledge and practical wisdom to inform and inspire us as we continued our work of advancing leadership knowledge and practice for a better world. Bloggers include authors from 12 countries spanning 5 continents.

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A Crisis of Trust

The level of distrust between individuals and within organizations has become so corrosive it demands the attention of every leader. Katherine Tyler Scott discusses the three Cs of trust: competence, character, and compassion.

Leadership as Integrity and Trust

Leadership is impossible without integrity, and integrity is inconceivable without trust. Erwin Schwella explores the interconnections between these concepts in his latest blog. He concludes, quite starkly that the flip side – leadership corruption – is deadly and kills.

Utilizing Humble Inquiry to Achieve Humble Leadership

In today’s VUCA world, leaders can’t simply “figure things out.” They must depend on colleagues and followers to provide needed information and expertise. To be successful, Ed and Peter Schein argue, leaders must be humble and engage in humble inquiry.

Does Size Matter for Leadership?

Keith Grint ranges from Shakespeare’s Henry V to tweets from Donald Trump to expose the invisible privilege associated with being tall and the assumption that has long prevailed in human society that greater height correlates with attributions of leadership, particularly among men.

The Power of Story

What is the significance of stories on our development as human beings and as leaders? Katherine Tyler Scott explores this provocative question.

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The Colors of Leadership

Keith Grint explores the way color — in almost all its formats and embodiments — is deeply implicated in leadership whether in terms of how it’s signified and practiced, how it’s used to create and enforce status and hierarchy, and even how it’s used in certain leadership development models to code capacities.

Leadership With Wisdom

When paradigms shift, leaders can’t rely on precedent – instead they must rely on wisdom. ILA Fellow Erwin Schwella explores how leaders obtain the wisdom they need to lead in today’s VUCA world.

The Precarious Process of Leading Change

As the rate of COVID vaccination increases globally, and as restrictions put in place to lower the risk of infection are gradually lifted, organizations will be faced with how they will adapt. Those responsible for leading what are imminent changes in their institutions are facing a huge challenge – the precarious nature of the change process.

ILA’s Leadership for the Greater Good blog is supported via a grant from the MetLife Foundation.