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.
December 17, 2020
Leadership Lessons from Pfizer’s Remarkable Vaccine Achievement
Demanding leadership has its downsides. It also just saved the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 3, 2016
Dealing with the Dark Side
Advice for managing personality derailers--in an employee, a boss, or even your self.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 6, 2013
Fear Your Strengths
Our latest book, written for executives about how what they are best at can be their biggest problem.
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.
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.
May 1, 2009
HBR: Stop Overdoing Your Strengths
Rob and Bob Kaplan's popular article on how strengths can become weaknesses through overuse.
March 1, 2009
The Perils of Accentuating the Positive
The rest you need to know about the popular strengths-based approach to developing leaders.
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.
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.
July 15, 2003
Developing Versatile Leadership
Our original article in Sloan Management Review introducing the versatile leadership model.
January 1, 1998
A report based on a study of over 300 C-level hiring decisions.