Our more than 20 years of coaching and consulting with executives – combined with careful study of how they become versatile leaders – have generated many original insights. Sometimes counterintuitive, often challenging conventional wisdom, these insights are the foundation of our assessment tools, development methodologies, and ability to transform assessment data into talent strategies that produce better results.

April 4, 2022

Thriving at Work in the Post-pandemic World

Practical advice for leaders in the new world of work emerging from the aftermath of the pandemic

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September 14, 2021

20 Years on the Dark Side

Twenty years of research and practice on the dark side of personality have revealed six key lessons about bad leadership and incompetent management.

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July 21, 2021

What's the Deal with a Good Leader?

See Rob break it down in this short video from the Interview with Talent Experts series.

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April 17, 2021

The LVI 360: How to Build a Better Mousetrap

360 instruments are practically a commodity, indistinguishable variations on a 30 year-old theme. Here’s how to build one that really is different—and better.

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January 11, 2021

Demanding Leadership for Demanding Times

This versatile CEO recognized, responded to – and met – today’s most demanding challenge. It's an instructive example about how demanding leadership actually works.

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December 17, 2020

Leadership Lessons from Pfizer’s Remarkable Vaccine Achievement

Demanding leadership has its downsides. It also just saved the world.

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November 20, 2020

Meet a Versatile Leader: Ajay Banga

Mastercard CEO provides a stunning example of versatile leadership in action.

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October 9, 2020

Hogan Podcast: The Dark Side of Charisma

Listen to Rob Kaiser discuss the dark side of charismatic leadership in a wide ranging conversation with Ryne Sherman and Blake Loepp of Hogan Assessment Systems.

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October 1, 2020

Versatile Leadership in an Unprecedented Crisis

Versatility was a distinguishing feature of the leaders who were best able to help their teams regroup, refocus, and deal with COVID-19.

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September 21, 2020

Are Your Leaders Ready for the "Next Normal?"

No one was prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, but versatile leaders rose to the challenge--how are you developing versatility for the next unexpected disruption?

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May 12, 2020

HBR: Avoid Collaboration Overload by Rightsizing Teamwork

Too many leaders try to maximize teamwork, and wind up bogging the system down. A solution: Rightsize teamwork instead.

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April 7, 2020

HBR: Stabilize Your Team for Agility

Paradoxical as it sounds, organizations need stability to respond with agility and resilience.

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March 6, 2020

The Best Leaders are Versatile

In a disruptive, paradoxical world, organizations need leaders who can read and respond to change with a wide repertoire of complementary skills and behaviors.

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March 2, 2020

HBR: The Best Leaders are Versatile

A practical model for developing the key capability for leading effectively in a disruptive world of fast-paced change and paradox.

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March 1, 2020

Beyond Strengths: An Interview with Rob Kaiser

Rob was interviewed about his concerns with the strengths movement sweeping HR and T&D for the program, Out of the Comfort Zone. Listen now!

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February 8, 2020

Integrating Personality Assessment and 360 Feedback to Develop Leaders

A workshop on the art and science of combining these different types of assessments to enhance self-awareness and guide behavior change.

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February 7, 2020

The Rest You Need to Know about Strengths-based Development for Leaders

A conference presentation revealing the hidden dangers in the advice to “play to your strengths”—and tips for how to do strengths work right.

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November 7, 2019

Yes, You Can Overuse Your Strengths

There is some real muddy thinking, which leads to bad practice, behind the claim that "you can't have too much of a strength."

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October 29, 2019

Why Are There So Few Women at the Top?

Rob gave a keynote speech at a leadership conference in Denmark about an overlooked way to get more women into senior leadership.

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September 17, 2019

The Hidden Weakness of Strengths-Based Development

There is a seductive appeal to the strengths-based approach to leadership development – but buyer beware!

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September 1, 2019

Raising the Bar in Leadership Development

A candid interview with Rob Kaiser and John Brothers of UNC Executive Development about what's wrong with leadership development—and how to fix it.

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June 2, 2019

The Accountability Crisis

Are your leaders soft on accountability? You are not alone.

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January 8, 2019

The Dark Side of Charisma in The Economist

The Economist asked Rob to explain his work on the dark side of charisma and how it can negatively affect leadership and organizational performance.

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December 1, 2018

How the Too Little / Too Much Scale Includes Context

One less obvious advantage of the LVI's unique rating scale is that it provides a subtle way for coworkers to take situational factors into account when assessing leadership.

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October 15, 2018

30 Years of the Lessons of Experience

Rob and the Center for Creative Leadership hosted a day-long conference about the lasting impact of Mike Lombardo and Morgan McCall's seminal research.

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October 1, 2018

HBR: The Science of High Potential Identification

Research on the personal qualities that suggest an individual is likely to go far is surprisingly clear.

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September 26, 2018

HBR: Too Much Charisma Can Make Leaders Less Effective

When it comes to charisma, all that glitters is not gold.

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July 15, 2018

Versatility: You Can’t Lead Without It Today

Versatility is the key to leading in a paradoxical world of fast-paced change; but versatile leaders are rare.

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June 1, 2018

A Good Team is Hard To Find

High-performing teams will absolutely drive business results, but they are hard to come by. Here's why--and how you can apply the science of teamwork to build teams that work.

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April 1, 2018

Managing Yourself in a VUCA World

The secret to leading in today's complex operating environment lies within.

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February 1, 2018

Leading in a VUCA World

What does it really mean to lead in a VUCA world?

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January 21, 2018

The Double-edged Sword of Charisma

There is a dark side to charisma, and this research article demonstrates the risks posed by highly charismatic leaders.

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September 17, 2017

HBR: Playing Office Politics without Selling Your Soul

There is a difference between "good politics" and "bad politics" and the savvy leader knows the difference.

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June 1, 2017

Who is Bob Hogan?

To understand how a poor kid from rural California revived and redefined the science of personality, you need to understand his story.

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May 17, 2017

The Too Little / Too Much Scale: Advantages Over 5-pt Rating Scales

A scientific paper reporting multiple experiments demonstrating how the "too little / too much" scale is advantageous over five-point scales because of the unique ability to distinguish when leaders do "a lot" versus "too much" of important behaviors.

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November 11, 2016

Why Women Aren't on Top

Why has gender quality in corporate leadership been such a stubborn goal? Many reasons. But here's a big one that no one is talking about.

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June 18, 2016

Versatile Leadership in the Nordics

Rob spent the week with Scandinavian distribution partners, LEAD – enter next level, in a series of keynote addresses, workshops, and strategic meetings throughout the Nordics, including events in Copenhagen, Bjerringbro, Århus, Ålborg, and Oslo.

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April 12, 2016

Using Personality to Develop Versatile Leaders

Rob and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic delivered an interactive workshop on how to use personality assessments to help managers become more well-rounded and versatile leaders at the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology’s annual conference.

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March 1, 2016

A Framework for Developing Leadership Teams

This practical article synthesizes the existing research literature on the formation, development, and performance of leadership teams.

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February 3, 2016

Rethinking the Leadership Gender Agenda

This provocative session at the Society for Consulting Psychology’s annual conference challenged popular views and offered fresh thinking about how to help more talented women advance into senior leadership.

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January 3, 2016

Dealing with the Dark Side

Advice for managing personality derailers--in an employee, a boss, or even your self.

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April 22, 2015

Latest insights presented at SIOP conference

Rob presented new studies on an alarming lack of accountability in today's leadership culture and a hidden factor contributing to the lack of women in senior leadership roles.

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April 22, 2015

The Feedback Women Leaders Aren’t Getting

If we are ever to achieve parity at the top, women leaders need feedback along the way--but they aren't getting the feedback they need.

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April 13, 2015

Dark Side Personality and Extreme Leader Behavior

An empirical study documenting the link between personality derailers (measured with the Hogan Development Survey) and extreme, counterproductive leadership behaviors (measured with the LVI 360) in a sample of global executives.

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January 9, 2015

Improving Boards of Directors in Australia

A candid conversation about how Boards can really make a difference to company performance.

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September 4, 2014

A New Narrative for the Gender Agenda

The popular narrative about why women aren't as represented in senior leadership obscures a deeper systemic force holding them back.

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May 20, 2014

The Weakness of Strengths

A critical evaluation of the strengths fad--from the special issue of Talent Quarterly on Lies, Half-truths, and Marketing Hype.

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September 8, 2013

Versatile Leadership: The Polish Dilemma

With Poland's remarkable economic success, why change a command-and-control style that still seems to be working?

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July 8, 2013

Fear Your Strengths featured in The Economist

The Economist profiled Rob's latest book and why leaders need to learn to beware of their strengths.

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July 7, 2013

HBR: A Surprising Lesson about Caring Too Much

Can you really overdo people skills?

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April 29, 2013

Strengths, an Unseen Enemy? The CCL Interview

We wrote a new book; the Center for Creative Leadership asked us what it's about--and why anyone should "fear their strengths."

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April 16, 2013

HBR: Was the Iron Lady firm or rigid?

Margaret Thatcher's career as the British Prime Minister illustrates the fine line between a strength and a weakness.

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April 12, 2013

Why is the Leadership Industry Failing?

In the last 20 years, spending on leadership has doubled but the supply and quality of leadership talent has declined. This conference session explores why the leadership industry is failing--and what to do about it.

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April 4, 2013

HBR: Don’t let strengths become weaknesses

We all know strengths can be become weaknesses when overused; here's some advice for avoiding the trap.

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April 1, 2013

New book; Fear Your Strengths

What you are best at could be your biggest problem.

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March 21, 2013

Mastering the Opposing Forces of Leadership (Milan)

At the Business Flexibility Workshop in Milan hosted by The European House (Ambrosetti) Rob guided over 100 Italian business leaders to an expanded mindset and greater versatility.

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March 15, 2013

Employability: Theory versus Reality

As the world of work evolves, what are the key characteristics that make for a great employee? This integrative review and synthesis of science and practice provides the answer.

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March 6, 2013

Fear Your Strengths

Our latest book, written for executives about how what they are best at can be their biggest problem.

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February 7, 2013

What’s Wrong with How Executives Get Hired?

There is saying, "be careful what you wish for," and it applies to the high-stakes business of choosing executive leadership.

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November 8, 2012

HBR: Why managers struggle with accountability

Over half of managers aren't firm enough on holding people accountable; this post explains why.

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October 8, 2012

HBR: Was Steve Jobs a role model for leaders?

A lesson in thinking about leadership from one of the most incandescent visionaries of all time.

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June 1, 2012

Leadership Culture Wars

Views of leadership based on management research and those based on psychology are quite distinct. But far from being incompatible, they are actually complementary.

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April 27, 2012

Using the Hogan Tools to Develop Leaders

Guidelines, data, and examples for using personality assessment to develop leaders.

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February 29, 2012

The Rest of the Story on Strengths-based Development for Leaders

A debate on the merits and misconceptions in applying a focus on strengths to develop leaders

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February 14, 2012

Kaiser & Hogan win Article of the Year

How to (and How not to) Assess the Integrity of Managers

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December 9, 2011

From Chimpanzees to Communists to Capitalists

The success of post-Communist Poland offers an object lesson in the eternal laws of leadership.

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December 1, 2011

Personality, Leadership, and Overdoing It

An empirical study of the links between bright side personality traits measured by the Hogan Personality Inventory and a tendency to do too little, the right amount, and too much of the LVI 360 behaviors.

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May 1, 2009

HBR: Stop Overdoing Your Strengths

Rob and Bob Kaplan's popular article on how strengths can become weaknesses through overuse.

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March 1, 2009

The Perils of Accentuating the Positive

The rest you need to know about the popular strengths-based approach to developing leaders.

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April 14, 2006

The Versatile Leader

Based on over 20 years of studying executives and consulting to them on their development, we explain how to make the most of your strengths--without overdoing it.

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June 9, 2005

Filling the Leadership Pipeline

This edited volume includes action-oriented chapters from distinguished practitioners who share practice models and systemic solutions for developing leaders at every level.

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July 15, 2003

Developing Versatile Leadership

Our original article in Sloan Management Review introducing the versatile leadership model.

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January 1, 1998

Executive Selection

A report based on a study of over 300 C-level hiring decisions.

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