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The Leadership Moment

Michael Useem

The intensifying competition and demand for high performance are pressing firms to become more flexible, more results-focused, and more fast-acting. Companies are finding that such initiatives require strategic leadership and a supportive culture, and this has become all the more critical in an era of greater uncertainty and change. The challenge is to build effective executives and well-led teams throughout the organization. Leadership in an unpredictable world requires a capacity to instill a compelling vision of the firm’s future and to communicate the strategy for achieving it. Leadership depends on fostering a culture throughout the organization that places a primacy on personal responsibility, professional achievement, and consistent results. And it requires a capacity to think strategically, plan effectively, and act decisively.

Drawing on moments when companies confronted fast changing markets and managers faced major decisions, Wharton Professor Michael Useem who leads this session focuses participats' attention on the capacities that make the difference whether leading a team, group, or organization. He draws on his research on leadership which has been published in his books "The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All"; "The Go Point: When It’s Time To Decide"; "Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win"; and "Investor Capitalism: How Money Managers Are Changing the Face of Corporate America", among others.

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