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Jack Zenger, PhD
Cofounder and CEO, Zenger Folkman
In The Inspiring Leader program, Jack Zenger explains the most impactful attribute shared by highly effective leaders.
The Inspiring Leader Program Highlights:
- What one critical competency must leaders possess?
- The business case for inspiring and engaging your employees.
- How charismatic leaders connect with others.
What defines great leadership? Using original research on 360-degree feedback data for thousands of managers, Jack Zenger, with colleagues Joseph Folkman and Scott Edinger, identified 16 specific competencies the most effective leaders share. Of these, the ability to inspire and motivate others to high performance had the most significant, positive impact on the performance of the organization. And yet, it was the area in which managers were weakest.
Inspiring others is a “soft skill,” one that many believe you need to be born with to possess. But in evaluating the research, Dr. Zenger and his colleagues determined that inspiring others to greatness is, in fact, something that can and should be learned.
The attributes of inspiring leaders, such as being a role model or a change champion, can be acquired. The skills, ranging from goal setting to developing staff to being a good communicator, are learnable. And even the most critical characteristic of an inspiring leader—the ability to make an emotional connection with a team—is achievable, by building on key strengths in your own personality and leadership approach.
- The Inspiring Leader DVD (55 Minutes)
John H. (Jack) Zenger, Cofounder and CEO of Zenger Folkman, is the author or co-author of numerous books, including The Inspiring Leader and The Extraordinary Leader. He received his MBA from UCLA and a PhD from the University of Southern California.
Stanford Executive Briefings Filmed monthly at the Stanford University Faculty Club, these lively presentations give you access to high-level speakers who share their insights and “best practices” with the business community.
This training program is included in the Executive Leadership Collection