ILA Podcast

Leader Character

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with Mary Crossan

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In this episode, Dr. Mary Crossan describes what leader character is, why it matters, and how to develop it. She will explain how leader character fosters individual well-being and sustained excellence in organizations. Elevating character alongside competence is a new frontier for leadership.

About the Guest

Dr. Mary Crossan is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Strategic Leadership at the Ivey Business School, Western University. Amongst the most highly cited researchers in her field, her research on leader character, organizational learning and strategic renewal, and improvisation is published in the top management journals. “Developing Leadership Character” is a culmination of the team’s research on leader character. With The Second City, she developed a management video entitled Improvise to Innovate. Her textbook “Strategic Analysis and Action” is widely used in strategy courses. She works with organizations around the world on developing and investing in leader character.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.