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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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