Developing Great Leaders During Times of Uncertainty

Employers need agile leaders who can thrive during times of uncertainty, ranging from navigating the emerging world of hybrid work to mergers and acquisitions, transformation initiatives and more. 

Brandon Hall Group research shows that many employers struggle to find the right balance in developing leaders who can adapt to ongoing change.

This is not an easy fix for many organizations, so we’ve asked CoachHub to provide its unique insights and perspectives. I am thrilled to welcome Liz Pavese, PhD., senior behavioral scientist at CoachHub, to a webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 12. We’ll discuss the latest research and trends, and Liz will share real-world examples of how organizations can develop agile leaders who can excel in the face of disruption.

Here is a quick preview of the topics we will discuss:

  • Support leaders through coaching, mentoring and peer groups. It takes a village to educate a child and diverse support to develop a great leader. Leaders benefit from coaching and mentoring and simply sharing experiences and insights with peers going through similar experiences, highs and lows. Change is difficult and the more people involved in a leader’s development, the better.
  • Give leaders time for reflection and self-development. When we asked respondents to our latest leadership development research what they would do if they could choose just one thing to improve leadership development, the most frequent answer was “empowering leaders to take more time for reflection and self-development.” For too long, leadership development has been treated as an event outside of work. That mindset is changing. The coronavirus pandemic served as a leadership laboratory, with new and disruptive situations testing leaders’ abilities. Now is the time to build on this experience and give leaders time to reflect and grow.
  • Enable leaders to practice new behaviors in a safe environment. Practice is critically important for behavior change. However, just telling leaders to practice their new approaches on employees, without having opportunities to struggle and make mistakes in a safe environment with feedback and support from coaches and peers, does more harm than good. 

I hope you will join Liz Pavese and me to discuss how to develop more great leaders. Brandon Hall Group is also getting ready to launch new research, which we will give you the opportunity to participate in. You can register here for the webinar:

Developing Great Leaders During Times of Uncertainty, 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Oct. 12. “See” you there!

-Claude Werder, Senior VP and Principal Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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