July 2015 | Leadership
Nano Tools for Leaders® are fast, effective leadership tools that you can learn and start using in less than 15 minutes — with the potential to significantly impact your success as a leader and the engagement and productivity of the people you lead.
Contributor: Christopher Maxwell, PhD, Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School.
Lead your team to new heights using the key strengths of world-class mountain guides.
As harsh conditions and lofty goals become even more commonplace in the business world, leaders often call on metaphors from mountaineering to inspire employees and boost organizational performance. Setting a common goal, building effective teams, determining a route, overcoming adversity — all are essential components of both mountaineering and business.
Leaders can go beyond the metaphors, though. New research shows that world-class mountain guides demonstrate six key leadership strengths that help their charges reach for the highest peaks, and that these same strengths have a significant impact when applied within organizations. Business leaders who lead like a guide will provide the kind of leadership that supports the vision of the organization and uplifts the people who work to make that vision a reality.
Nano Tools for Leaders® was conceived and developed by Deb Giffen, MCC, Director of Innovative Learning Solutions at Wharton Executive Education. It is jointly sponsored by Wharton Executive Education and Wharton’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton Professor of Management Michael Useem, Director. Nano Tools Academic Director is Professor John Paul MacDuffie, Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management.
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