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Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D.Rich Wellins, Ph.D. is a senior research associate for DDI. Prior to his current role, he served as a senior vice president for DDI in a variety of roles, spanning a 35-year career. Rich continues to specialize in the relation between various talent practices and enhanced leadership performance. He has published over 50 articles, made more than 100 professional presentations at events around the world, and published six books, including Your First Leadership Job, Empowered TeamsInside Teams and Reengineering’s Missing Ingredient. 
Rich’s current research initiatives include a project with The Conference Board on Millennial Leadership and the seventh Global Leadership Forecast involving over 25,000 leaders in 1,800 global organizations. He also serves as a judge for CNBC’s Asian Business Leader of the Year Award program.

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Thousands of think pieces have been written about Boomers and Millennials in the workplace, but they're not the ones changing the future of work.
Posted: 9/12/2018 by Stephanie Neal and Rich Wellins
Performance discussions are more than just a way to let an employee know how they’re doing. They’re also a way to recharge and grow a leader after failure.
Posted: 5/30/2018 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D. Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” inspired us to take a closer look at the way we develop our leaders.
Posted: 5/1/2018 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D., and Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Is Millennials' leadership style really that different than older generations, and will it need to evolve as they become CEOs?
Posted: 5/12/2017 by By Rich Wellins, Ph.D., and Rebecca Ray, Ph.D.
Blogging professional share an array of insights that should help deepen your thinking about what it takes to grow effective leaders.
Posted: 12/5/2016 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Nobody wants to be a zombie at work, but poor leaders are often to blame for their employee's lack of engagement and focus.
Posted: 10/20/2016 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Why empathy defines great leadership.
Posted: 9/14/2016 by Rich Wellins Ph.D. and Tacy M. Byham, Ph.D.
Which skills and personality traits are holding HR leaders back from greater success with analytics, and what functions will be their most promising partners along the way?
Posted: 7/29/2016 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D. and Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
What if you could spot the DNA of a great leader? With the right data, you can – so why are so many businesses struggling with analytics?
Posted: 7/22/2016 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D. and Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
MBA programs don’t develop all of the critical skills leaders need. In some ways, a humanities degree is more valuable.
Posted: 5/16/2016 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
New research from Brandon Hall Group sheds light on learning strategies, analytics, and development investment.
Posted: 5/13/2016 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Your relationship with your boss is paramount – it can make or break your career. Use these tips to make your relationship with your boss a better one.
Posted: 4/28/2016 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Those with disabilities are an essential ingredient to any overall diversity effort.
Posted: 12/22/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
DDI contributes training to help improve the leadership skills of both Feeding America and local food bank leaders.
Posted: 11/17/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Have we lost the true art of conversations, especially in leadership roles?
Posted: 10/30/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Stepping up from one level of leadership to the next turns out not to be so easy. Learn what organizations can do to help.
Posted: 9/16/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
What’s wrong with forced ranking? Can you be performance-driven with a human touch? Explore a better approach to manage performance.
Posted: 9/10/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Four broad lessons that apply to addressing difficult employees.
Posted: 9/1/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Becoming a leader is one of the most difficult personal and career choices one will ever make. It should be made with the same thoughtfulness as any key life decision.
Posted: 6/17/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Everything we thought we knew is wrong: Learn what the real-world ratio looks like and what learners would like it to be.
Posted: 4/7/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Sooner than later: Competition for talent will grow fierce as the global labor supply constricts.
Posted: 3/25/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
DDI’s Rich Wellins hosts Leadership Development Carnival to share recent posts on how they are moving the needle to improve leader readiness.
Posted: 3/1/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Four leadership behaviors make all the difference when it comes to financial performance. Read how to best invest your development dollars.
Posted: 2/17/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Learn the 7 leadership best practices unique to organizations in the top 20 percent of financial performance.
Posted: 1/2/2015 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
The detail is in the data: Two studies get to the heart of CEOs’ biggest challenges.
Posted: 10/13/2014 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
HR is reinventing itself once again—from reactor to partner, and now to anticipator. See what we found in our latest research, Global Leadership Forecast 2014|2015.
Posted: 8/11/2014 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
This Global Leadership Forecast answers your questions—with actionable insights your business can employ today to prepare for tomorrow.
Posted: 7/21/2014 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
A special poll was conducted among the Young Presidents’ Organization's (YPO) member base of over 20,000 CEOs, in 120 countries, aged 45 or younger. Young leaders were asked "Where are we headed?" and "How do we prepare ourselves to get there?  Rich Wellins discusses the findings.
Posted: 1/28/2014 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
More than 40 percent of leaders give low marks to their effectiveness on five critical skills necessary for future performance.
Posted: 9/12/2013 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
The costs go beyond salary, benefits and recruiting; team engagement and performance take a hit when their sales leaders fail.
Posted: 8/15/2013 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
Both India and China find that their success will depend on the quantity and quality of talent available, especially at leadership levels.
Posted: 5/30/2013 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
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