Presenter: Jay Conger
Date: 28 September 2007
Leaders with true staying power know how to manage in the toughest of times. How do they do it? In this session with leadership expert Jay Conger, you’ll learn how to lead when times are deeply challenging. No one ever said that leadership was easy, but in the most difficult of times you paradoxically have the greatest chance to reach your potential as a leader. But the skills you need are distinctively different from the norm of day-to-day managing. You will learn this critical distinction in this highly engaging session.
This session will help you and your organization address the new realities of a tough economic marketplace. You will learn about the particular leadership challenges that hard times throw at us and how to prepare yourself for them. You will learn how to keep your team motivated, how best to communicate difficult news, how to build an adaptive team and organization, and how to avoid decision traps that occur when fundamental shifts are unfolding in your world. You will also have a chance to look at your own leadership style and explore how you can best leverage it for the greater impact.
Jay Conger is a world-renowned expert on leadership. He is a research scientist at the Marshall’s School Center for Effective Organizations and is the Henry Kravis Chaired Professor of Leadership at Claremont McKenna College. He is also a Visiting Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School. As a management educator and consultant, Jay Conger has worked with more than three hundred companies advising them on leadership, organizational change, board governance and executive development. He has also worked in government and as an international marketing manager for a high technology company. He has authored fourteen books on leadership and has written over one hundred articles for leading journals, including ‘The Necessary Art of Persuasion’, ‘How to Grow Great Leaders’ and ‘Make Your Organization a Talent Factory’ in the Harvard Business Review. Jay Conger studied at Dartmouth College and was awarded his MBA at the University of Virginia and his DBA at Harvard Business School. He has been on the faculties of the Harvard Business School, INSEAD, London Business School, McGill University, and the University of Southern California. His research focuses on leadership, corporate boards, persuasion and influencing, organisational change, power and decision making, leading innovation, and empowerment.