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The Top 10 Leadership Blogs of 2018

By Craig Irons

Top 10 Blogs of 2018The realm of leadership was especially busy in 2018, as over the past 12 months you no doubt grappled with multiple challenges while working hard to get stuff done and deliver value to your organization every day.

As you juggled it all, you probably didn’t have time to read every leadership blog you would have liked, including this one, where we provided insights on many of the issues, topics, and challenges that consumed your 2018.

But before you dive head-first into what promises to be another crazy year in 2019, I invite you to take a few minutes (or longer) to catch up on what you may have missed.

To make it easy for you, here are the top blogs we’ve published over the past 12 months.

 
10 Hot Leadership Topics for 2018
Posted: 03 Jan, 2018, By Stephanie Neal
This was the most-read blog we published in 2018—and it’s not hard to see why. Every single topic Stephanie Neal predicted would be prominent—from AI to a greater focus on data, to more urgency around diversity and inclusion—mattered to leaders over the past 12 months. Want to get a jumpstart on what will be important in the new year? Check out her “10 Hot Leadership Topics for 2019,” which we’ll publish the first week of January.
 
 
4 Questions All Leaders Must Ask
Posted: 15 Feb, 2018, By Bruce Court
Leadership isn't about having all the answers, but about asking the right questions. In this blog, Bruce Court defined the four types of questions all leaders need to regularly ask and explained why it’s so important to adopt a “questioning mindset.”
 
 
The 3 Most Dangerous Myths About Unconscious Bias
Posted: 26 Apr, 2018, By Mark Smedley
Unconscious bias was a popular topic among both our bloggers and readers in 2018. One of the most thought-provoking blogs came from Mark Smedley, who made the case that to avoid unconscious bias, we need to be aware of it and learn how to effectively manage it.
 
 
We Embrace the Concept of Diversity Until Confronted by the Reality of It
Posted: 14 Jun, 2018, By Mark Busine
While an unquestionably worthwhile endeavor, attaining diversity is challenging for both organizations and individuals. Mark Busine explained one of the major reasons why: when faced with differences, we often react in ways that don’t match our intent.
 
 
Even If You’re Not a Leader, You’re Always Leading
Posted: 07 Feb, 2018, By Richmond Fourmy, Psy.D.
It takes conscious effort to be a good leader. But not all leading happens when we’re trying. Leadership happens, Richmond Fourmy pointed out, even when we think we’re doing nothing.
 
 
How Strategic Leaders “See” Differently
Posted: 05 Dec, 2018, By Mike Hoban
Mike Hoban wrote compellingly this year on the challenging transition from an operational to a strategic leadership role. Here he wrote about how strategic leaders must develop “visual agility” in order to alternatively see both the critical details and the big picture.

 

Why Disruption is the CEO’s Best Friend
Posted: 06 Jun, 2018, By Audrey Smith, Ph.D., and Stephanie Neal
Citing and amplifying findings from the Global Leadership Forecast 2018, Audrey Smith and Stephanie Neal made a strong case that organizations benefit when they are led by CEOs who willingly embrace disruption and change.
 
 

The Surprising Generation That’s Changing the Future of Work
Posted: 12 Sep, 2018, By Stephanie Neal
So much as has been written about Millennials in recent years that the generation that currently holds many key leadership roles, Generation X, has been overlooked. Stephanie Neal and Rich Wellins looked at what the research says about this forgotten generation—and concluded that there’s much organizations can and should do to unleash the potential of this critical generation of leaders.
 

A Gender-Diverse and Inclusive Culture: It’s a Symphony, Not Solos
 
Posted: 05 Jul, 2018, By Tânia Fernandes Mendes
In the analogy of a symphony orchestra, Tânia Fernandes Mendes found a novel way to talk about gender diversity in the leadership ranks—and why it’s a true competitive advantage.

 

How a Talent Growth Mindset Creates a Company Growth Trajectory
Posted: 04 April, 2018, By Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
What sets growth-mindset companies, in which people believe they can develop and grow, apart from the rest? For this blog, Evan Sinar offered an eye-opening list, including higher-quality leadership, improved financial performance, and better customer orientation and focus.
 

Need a New Year’s Resolution?

Yes, 2019 figures to be another hectic year. But I suggest that you resolve to spend a few minutes each week seeing what we have for you here, on DDI’s Leader Pulse blog.

For our part, we’ll do our best to make sure the time you spend with us is time well spent!

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Craig Irons is Marketing Content Manager for DDI.

Posted: 19 Dec, 2018,
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