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Are you an emerging leader? There’s no question that getting promoted into leadership can give you deeper satisfaction in your career and the impact you make. But it’s not an easy road, and it’s filled with tough decisions and difficult situations. Here are 10 leadership questions to ask yourself to see if you’re motivated to be a leader, and if leadership is really for you.

Leadership Isn’t for Everyone

The reality is that leadership isn’t for everyone. As my co-author Rich Wellins and I were writing our book Your First Leadership Job: How Catalyst Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others, we interviewed over…

Some have called it the “Great Resignation.” Others refer to the “Turnover Tsunami,” citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ highest-ever quit rate since they started tracking in 2000. One report even found that half of workers plan to look for a new job in 2021. So if leadership and employee retention isn’t top of mind right now, it’s time to put the issue front and center.

For leaders, some of the causes may be out of their control. On your own, you may not be able to change company policy on work from home, or hand out as many…

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If your internal high potential leadership program isn’t working, it probably comes down to one of these five reasons

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Leaders who can effectively manage a hybrid team give their companies a huge competitive advantage. Learn why and get tips for how to best lead a hybrid team.

A lot of people are losing sleep over the pending return to the physical workplace. What restrictions are going to remain? And how are they going to deal with the concerns of leading a hybrid team? While there are no clear answers for the first question, the second is much easier to answer. Because truthfully, most leaders have been leading what is considered, by definition, a hybrid team all along.

In the past, leaders and most of their team members worked together in the same physical location. But they likely also had a few remote team members. And the cadence…

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Peer learning groups are crucial in your leadership development experiences. And if you want to get the most out of it, follow these best practices.

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Not all leaders are good at spotting potential. Here’s how they can get better.

Someone once wrote, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Sage advice in any situation, but particularly true when it comes to making decisions about people. When it comes to making unbiased decisions, humans are the absolute worst. Not only are we unaware of how our perceptions have been shaped by experiences, but we are incredibly motivated to avoid being wrong!

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Combining leadership skills assessment with development can dramatically change your development program, while optimizing your approach to make the most of your L&D efforts.

A CTO who thought his 12-year tenure at the company was about to end because it was the only way he could progress his career. Luckily, his CEO thought there might be value in him getting a leadership skills assessment to see if he could be a potential COO successor.

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What a competition for top-performing young executives reveals about future leadership skills needed for success.

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Leaders must navigate change daily, but the skills they use to do it are timeless. Learn the evergreen leadership skills leaders always need to be effective.

The one thing everyone can count on is change. But when leaders need to address change, there are a few things that will always be the same. There are a few evergreen leadership skills leaders will always need to be effective.

These evergreen skills aren’t sexy, but they are timeless and critically important. And when used together, they work magic across leaders’ daily routines and spark actions in others around them. They fall across three categories:

  • Interaction skills
  • Business judgment skills
  • Personal mastery

So what makes these skills so timeless, and why do leaders need to start early to develop…

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What do you need to know about identifying and developing high-potential talent? Let’s look at the biggest challenges and best practices for a successful high-potential program.


DDI is a global leadership company that helps organizations transform the way they hire, promote and develop leaders at every level.

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