ILA Podcast

Understanding Leadership: Moving Away From the Cult of Personality

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with Gama Perruci and Aldo Boitano

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We discuss changes in leadership we are seeing and how important clear leadership, followership, and agreement on a goals is to drive successful outcomes. We expand the definition of leadership to integrate the impact of the environmental and cultural context in defining the leadership style. This discussion explores the range of styles (continuum) from command and control to inclusive leadership and when to use each style. This shift requires leaders to have a broader range of skills than required when only command and control were required. It also requires the leader to know when to step aside and share leadership. We explore how to enhance this capacity in building leadership through intellectual curiosity. This process includes creating disorienting dilemmas or approaches to development outside of standard programs. Aldo discusses how he used mountaineering to build his emotional skills and the ability to interact effectively.

About the Guest

Gama Perruci

Dr. Gama Perruci is the Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center and the McCoy Professor of Leadership Studies at Marietta College in Ohio. He also serves as a session facilitator for the leadership programs at Dartmouth College’s Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. He is the co-author of Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities Perspective (Routledge, 2015).
Aside from his teaching, research and administrative duties, Dr. Perruci also serves as a consultant for The New York Times, focusing on the newspaper’s educational programming for leadership students. In that role, he writes a weekly column (“Connecting Theory to Practice”) for the newspaper’s InEducation website ( Other recent consulting assignments include a review of the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law (LEL) at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland) and an evaluation of the leadership program at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

headshot Aldo Boitano

Aldo Boitano brings 25 years of experience in top management, marketing and sales positions with a strong leadership and team work emphasis. He received a Bachelor and Masters in Engineering in December 1992 and an MBA in December 2006. Broad International experience and very successful work in various fields.
He is the Executive Director of Executive Development (ED) providing world-class tailor made in-company training and consulting with top professors from the most prestigious Business Schools with exemplary and relevant methodologies that create measurable impact at organizations. Based in Santiago, Chile has an office in Bogota, Colombia. Look at for more info.
He is also a board member of The International Leadership Association (ILA), the global network for all those who practice, study, and teach leadership. The ILA promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide.

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.