Tag: Assessing leadership potential

Neuroscience and destructive leadership

July 12, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

A recent study links a leader’s cognitive resources and emotions to bullying behavior in the workplace. We all know that the psychological, physical and organisational damage caused by workplace bullying is substantial. However, it becomes increasingly harmful when committed by leaders, and until recently we had no way to accurately assess this tendency …

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What is leadership potential?

February 3, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Perhaps not surprisingly, academics, practitioners and senior executives have debated this question for over a century. However, a recent study by Dries and Pepermans might finally provide an answer that most can agree with …

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Leadership and personality testing

January 19, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Personality tests have long been used to assess the suitability of candidates for leadership roles. But as practitioners, I often wonder whether we put too much faith in them. Recently I discovered that personality accounts for little more than gender, and far less than education level, when used to predict leadership effectiveness …

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Women in leadership summit, New Zealand

June 4, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Last month I was invited to speak at the Women in Leadership Summit in Wellington, New Zealand. Theresa Gattung, former CEO Telecom NZ, and other high profile speakers inspired delegates with moving accounts of their personal leadership journeys …

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Are your leaders risk takers?

January 16, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

In a recent Australian Financial Review article I spoke of three attributes shared by high potential leaders. These included mental agility, emotional stability and quick, but well-considered, decision-making. Andrew Cornell’s widely read article explored why some ‘alpha’ executives pursue highly challenging and often risky activities outside of work.

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The neuroscience of leadership

November 27, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

When was the last time your computer froze, crashed or slowed to a snail’s pace? Did you know that our brain reacts in a similar way when dealing with complexity, emotions and conflict? And a recent Australian study found that traditional personality tests fail to detect this.

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How leaders manage complexity

November 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

A recent Australian study conducted at the Australian School of Business explains why some managers succeed while others fail in challenging, ambiguous and complex roles …

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New interview question: how do you take your eggs?

October 19, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

A recent article in HC Magazine suggests that a person’s favourite way of eating eggs can predict their personality type and job suitability. Whilst this article might be a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ look at personality profiling, it does highlight two common problems when using statistics to explain selection decisions.

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Client Case Study: Reshaping executive bench strength

September 19, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

Background: This high profile Australian organisation had enjoyed 80 years of dominance in the information and advisory sector.  It is a highly technical organisation with internally competitive silos and long tenured executive-level leaders.  With a somewhat risk-averse culture, the organisation traditionally focused on incremental improvement to operational processes rather than strategic level step-change. In early […]

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Welcome to Hipotential

September 19, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Welcome to our quarterly Newsletter.  Through this forum we hope to provide you with the latest research and advice for selecting high potential leadership talent.  Firstly, a little background on Hipotential. We are in the business of improving your leadership bench strength.  We don’t recruit or deliver leadership training programs.  Instead, we use advanced multi-source […]

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