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forbes The 6 Competencies Global Leaders Need To Succeed

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger identifies 6 behaviors that separate the best global leaders from other senior executives. Read More


forbes The Urgent Need To Develop Global Leaders For Company Growth

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman explains the importance of developing global leaders earlier in people’s careers. Read More


forbes Are You A Good Coach? Here’s How To Find Out

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses the positive business outcomes effective coaches make on an organization and invites you to take a coaching evaluation to see where you stand in comparison to outstanding business coaches. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Finding the Balance Between Coaching and Managing

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman discuss the attributes that make the most effective coaches and invite you to take a coaching evaluation to see where you stand in comparison to outstanding business coaches. Read More


forbes Does Gen Y Really Want Honest Feedback?

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman reveals data that shows Gen Y wants clear, specific critiques of what they could do better. Read More


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Zenger Folkman was selected for the third time as one of TrainingIndustry.com’s Top 20 Leadership Training Companies. Read More


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In this article, Joe Folkman discusses how the ability to inspire and motivate others plays a key role in the success of a leader. Read More


cloThe Power of Counterintuitive Thinking in Leadership Development

Thought leader, Bob Sherwin, explains why focusing leadership development on building strengths—rather than fixing weaknesses—is the most effective way to develop leaders. Read More


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In this three part series, thought leader, Bob Sherwin, weighs in on the controversial questions surrounding differences in the workplace between men and women. Article 1, Article 2, Article 3


Financial-Post Why Would We Bring Back ‘Constructive Criticism’ As A Management Style?

Financial Post features Zenger Folkman’s research about how people want constructive criticism but their leaders often don’t feel comfortable giving it. Read More


forbes Mood and Engagement Are Contagious

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman shows how engaged leaders have a greater percentage of highly engaged direct reports. Read More


forbes Individual Contributors Are ‘Forgotten Leaders’: Are You Developing Them Well?

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses why individual contributors are so valuable and the benefit of developing them. Read More


tumblr_static_msnbc-tumblrThe Social Science Behind ‘Bossiness’

MSNBC features Zenger Folkman’s research on why women are better leaders than men. Read More


forbes 6 Ways To Maximize Short Work Interactions

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger recommends 6 ways to maximize interaction with others at work. Read More


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In this Bloomberg article, Jack Zenger reveals which leadership skills distinguish the best individual contributors from the merely good. Read More


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BenefitsPro features Zenger Folkman’s recent research on feedback. Read More


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Small Business Trends features Zenger Folkman’s research about how employees feel negative feedback is necessary for job improvement. Read More


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Entrepreneur features Zenger Folkman’s study on “How Extraordinary Leaders Double Profits.” Read More


forbes 70% Of Workers Aren’t Engaged—What About The Managers?

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses the impact of leaders on employee engagement. Read More


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Muncie Voice features Zenger Folkman’s research on women in leadership. Read More


hbr-logo-smDevelop the Leaders You’ve Been Overlooking

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman discuss four reasons for investing in leaders you may be overlooking. Read More


forbes The Feedback Conundrum: Does Positive or Negative Feedback Help You Most?

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger reveals Zenger Folkman’s recent study on feedback and which kind helps you most. Read More


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In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman feature their recent research on which kind of feedback is most helpful in career advancement.  Read More


forbes Should I Tell You The Good News First? The Feedback Employees Most Want to Have

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman reveals new research that shows people tend to prefer receiving negative feedback more than receiving positive feedback. Read More


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Workforce features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s HBR blog about the factor that made the greatest difference between the most successful and least successful teams. Read More


forbes In 2014 Are You Fixing Your Weaknesses, Or Building Your Strengths? What Matters Most

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman talks about the value of building strengths versus fixing weaknesses. Read More


forbes Just Tell Me! 5 Strategies For Giving Difficult Feedback

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses five strategies for giving difficult feedback. Read More


inc-logo The Best Leaders Ask for More Feedback

Inc. features Zenger Folkman’s research about how the most effective leaders ask for feedback. Read More


forbes The High Price Of Aloof Leadership

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger shares his research about how leaders with warm, close relationships with their subordinates produce positive business outcomes. Read More


itworld Stop Being Afraid of Feedback

ITworld features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s Feedback Practices and Perceptions Assessment. Read More


forbes The Best Gift Leaders Can Give: Honest Feedback

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses how strong employee engagement is closely aligned with the ability to give honest feedback in a helpful way. Read More


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The Free Press Journal quotes Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s women leadership data. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Overcoming Feedback Phobia: Take the First Step

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman offer a self-assessment where you can measure your desire for giving and receiving positive and negative feedback. Read More


forbes The Results Are In: Bad Leadership Is Contagious

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses how leadership is contagious. Read More


forbes Seven Ways To Increase Employee Satisfaction Without Giving A Raise

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman shares seven factors that increase employee satisfaction. Read More


guardian-logo We Don’t Need a Hero, We Just Need More Women at the Top

The Guardian features Zenger Folkman’s research on women in leadership. Read More


forbes How To Make Your Organization More Honest

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman explains how developing “competency companions” can improve the honest and integrity of leaders in your organization. Read More


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Business Insider features Zenger Folkman’s research on why women, more than men, bring to leadership a more complete range of the qualities leaders need. Read More


forbes Why Gallup’s 70% Disengagement Data Is Wrong

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger challenges Gallup’s 70% employee engagement statistic. Read More


australian_sm The Uncomfortable Truth About Women

The Australian features Zenger Folkman’s research on how women are rated higher in overall leadership effectiveness than their male counterparts. Read More


forbes Understanding Feedback: The ‘GPS Direction’ To Leadership Success

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman proposes three key issues to consider when trying to understand how groups perceive and rate you. Read More


itworld Why a Good Review Won’t Keep Your Job

ITworld features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s research on why a positive performance review won’t save your job. Read More


womensagenda Top 16 Competencies of Great Leaders (and How Women Lead the Way)

Women’s Agenda features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s research on how women make better leaders than men. Read More


forbes The 6 Secrets Of Successfully Assertive Leaders

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman answers the question, “Is there a difference between those managers who carefully weigh their options, and those who just “go” and “do”?”.  Read More


hbr-logo-sm Keep Your Name Off That Layoff List

In this HBR blog, Joe Folkman and Jack Zenger reveal six steps employees can take to secure their jobs. Read More


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Thomson Reuters Foundation features Zenger Folkman’s comprehensive 2011 study of 7,280 business leaders: “A Study in Leadership: Women do it Better than Men.” Read More


phillycom ‘Cross-train’ Your Strengths for Workplace Success

Philly.com explains why leadership experts at Zenger Folkman believe that “cross-training” a signature strength proves to be much more effective than improving a weakness. Read More


forbes The Big Lesson About Leadership From Steve Jobs

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses the valuable leadership lesson we can extract from Steve Jobs career. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

In this HBR blog, Joe Folkman explains what fosters employee engagement. Read More


forbes The Plague Of The Pessimist Leader: 8 Tips To Make You More Optimistic Today

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman reveals eight behaviors the most optimistic leaders have in common. Read More


forbes Personal Development Isn’t Personal: 3 Tips For Getting Your Manager Involved

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses the research behind the importance of managerial involvement in individual development. Read More


hbr-logo-sm The Eight-Minute Test That Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a Leader

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman offer a self-assessment to get a sense of what your leadership skills may be and how they compare to others. Read More


forbes What Can Increased Strengths Do For Your Career? Take The Test

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses how the possession of outstanding strengths separates the good from the great leaders. Read More


newsmax Facebook’s COO Is Wrong: Women Have ‘Right Stuff’ for Corporate Leadership

Newsmax features Zenger Folkman’s research that contradicts the claim of Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, that “success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women”.  Read More


forbes Exceptional Leaders: Are They The Friend Or The Enemy?

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses which leaders have the most success, those who shut off their emotions and push others or those who are inspiring and likeable. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Three Myths About Your Strengths

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman dispel three myths that have emerged about strengths-based leadership. Read More


pittpostgazette Work Zone: Leaders Deliver Both Happy People and Profit

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette features Zenger Folkman’s research about how the best leaders produce the best results. Read More


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In this FoxNewsLive Interview, Jack Zenger outlines three fundamental forces that drive the divide between men and women in senior leadership positions. Watch Now


clo Start Development Sooner

In this interview, Jack Zenger elaborates on the advantages of beginning formal leadership development at an early age, rather than waiting for nearly a decade of leadership experience. Read More


forbes The 3 Forces That Drive Improved Productivity

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses how leaders can leverage the strengths of individuals, teams, and organizations to increase overall productivity. Read More


hbr Bad Leaders Can Change Their Spots

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman prove that fatal flaws can be fixed. Read More


forbes Should Your Company Be Investing More Heavily In Its Gen Y Execs?

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses the importance of leadership training early in a person’s career. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Are You Creating Disgruntled Employees?

In this HBR blog, Joe Folkman suggests a clear path for bringing disgruntled employees back into the fold. Read More


forbes Are you as Honest as you Think You Are? The Leadership and Character Conundrum

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger reveals the puzzling phenomenon about the evaluation of character through his research. Read More


BusinessWeek-LogoQueen Bees, Mentors and the Female Boss Problem

Diane Brady, Business Week contributor features the Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s latest research on women as leaders. Read More


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New Study Shows Women Do It Better Than Men

Jim Clemmer, Business 2 Community contributor features the “firestorm of interest and debate” surrounding Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s latest research on women as leaders in the workplace. Read More


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Are Women the Best Leaders?

The Sydney Morning Herald features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s latest research on having more women leading in the workplace. Read More


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Are Women Better Leaders Than Men?

The Washington Post features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman in an interview regarding their latest research on women in leadership roles. Read More


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Women Don’t Have a Whole Lot to Celebrate on Equality Front

The Financial Post features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s latest research on women in the workplace and it’s correlation to the glass ceiling, blocking women leaders in organizations Read More


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Women Are Better leaders. So Why Aren’t There More of Us Leading?

The Huffington Post Features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s latest research on having more women leading in the workplace. Read More


forbes The Results Are In: Women Are Better Leaders

Erika Andersen, features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s latest research on Women having a shot at the corner office. Read More


forbes What Can Business Learn From Politics?

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger reveals the correlation between an organization’s performance and the ratio to positive and negative comments. Read More


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In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman describe women’s influence in the workplace. Read More


forbes Quit it! Why Leaders Should Stop Answering Questions

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger explains why leaders should stop answering questions from their subordinates. Read More


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Gen Y, Defies Negative Stereoptypes in Workplace

Chad Brooks, Business News Daily Contributor features Zenger Folkman research on Generation Y. Read More


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Generation Y, Take a Bow Younger Workers Score Well in Drive, Teamwork, and Innovation

Michael Kinsman of The San Diego Reader features Zenger Folkman research on Generation Y. Read More


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Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman outline how building on strengths and non-linear development can help leaders become indispensable. Read More


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WorkWise: How Leaders Can Increase their Effectiveness

One leader puts the ideas presented in Zenger Folkman’s HBR article “Making Yourself Indispensable” to work. Read More


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Leadership Excellence Names ZF as 2011 Top Provider of Leadership Development

Zenger Folkman development programs were selected for Leadership Excellence’s 2011 Best in Leadership Development award. Read More


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A Relationship Checklist for Hospital CEOs

Jack Zenger gives a list of seven behaviors essential for healthcare professionals to excel at. Read More


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Great Leaders Double Profits and Customer Satisfaction

Jack Zenger comments that if you want to increase profits and have satisfied customers, you need to become a great leader. Read More


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The Grass is Not Always Greener

Joe Folkman discusses employee intention to leave and gives 10 tips to improve employee commitment. Read More


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Even in Recession, Strong Leaders Create Commited Employees

Zenger Folkman research indicates that employee commitment is on the rise. Read More


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TrainingIndustry.com Announces 2011 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies

Zenger Folkman selected for the second consecutive year as one of TrainingIndustry.com’s Top 20 Leadership Training Companies. Read More


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Leadership Excellence Names ZF as Top Provider of Leadership Development

Zenger Folkman development programs were selected for Leadership Excellence’s 2010 Best in Leadership Development award. Read More


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Zenger Folkman research cited to help define leadership roles. Read More


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Results! Why Leaders Need to Be Great Coaches

Kathleen Stinnett, author of The Extraordinary Coach, describes how coaching impacts turnover, employee engagement, leadership effectiveness, and bottom-line results. Read More


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Work on Strengths or Weaknesses?

Zenger Folkman research answers one of the basic questions facing everyone creating a personal development plan. Read More


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Coaching Excellence

Jack Zenger, Joe Folkman and Kathleen Stinnett determine which management style works best for coaching and discuss how to cultivate effective coaching skills. Read More


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Review of The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow

Management leader Jim Clemmer gives his opinion on the latest book from Zenger Folkman, The Extraordinary Coach. Read More


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Science and the Art of Coaching

Jack Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett combine the latest findings in psychology, systems theory and adult development to map out the real science behind effective coaching. Read More


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Great Leaders Bred, Not Born

Zenger Folkman research supports claim that in any industry, anyone with motivation and drive can become an extraordinary leader. Read More


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Employee Survey Savvy

Joe Folkman, author of “Employee Surveys that Make a Difference,” offers eight tips for rolling out employee surveys that hold up a realistic mirror to your organization. Read More


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Emotion: The Channel That Makes a Difference (Registration Required)

Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman argue “emotion” as the key to inspiring leadership, and suggest personalized approaches to make an emotional connection with others. Read More


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ASTD Offers Tips for Training on a Shoestring

Zenger Folkman Executive Coach Kathleen Stinnett gives tips on how to stay within your learning and development budget while maintaining a great coaching program. Read More


Highbeam High Performance Bankers (Registration Required)

Published in August 2009, this article contains Zenger Folkman research on extraordinary leadership and how it relates to leaders in the financial sector. Read More


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A Monster of a Problem: How to Help Leaders Be More Inspiring

Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman address the lack of inspiring leadership in the workplace and give six approaches to becoming a more inspiring leader. Read More


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Inspiration Information: Review of The Inspiring Leader

Michael Cohen of T+D Magazine says: “This book put a smile on my face in a way that so many other leadership books just don’t.” Read the full review! Read More


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Scott Edinger Appears in the Tampa Bay Business Journal

Named as one of The Gulf Coast’s 40 under 40, EVP Scott Edinger was recently profiled by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Read More


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Steve Arneson of Examiner.com offers his review of The Inspiring Leader. Read More


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How Extraordinary Leaders Double Profits

Featured in the July 2009 issue, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman discuss the impact extraordinary leaders have on bottom-line profitability. Read More


workforce_login_header Five Insights from Leadership Research (Registration Required)

Jack Zenger, Joe Folkman and Kurt Sandholtz discuss five key areas that organizations should focus on when developing leaders. Read More


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Challenging Times Demand Inspiring Leadership (Registration Required)

Jack Zenger offers insights on how to lead through difficult financial times. Read More


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A Formula for Making Learning Stick

Published June 2009, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman offer sound advice on how companies can ensure their learning initiatives produce results. Read More


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Overcoming the Lure of the Wrong Choice

With practical insights into leadership development, Jack Zenger addresses why building on strengths is more effective—and more fun. Read More


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Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman offer new research on why some leaders succeed and others don’t. Read More


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10 Steps for Using Emotions to Lead: The DNA of Inspiration

Inspiring leadership comes from the effective use of emotions. Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman outline ten specific steps to effectively use emotion on the job. Read More


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World Renowned Medical Center Moves from Good to Great

Joe Folkman highlights his work with the University of Washington Medical Center. Read More


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Vision and Leadership

Joe Folkman talks with Tom Cox on the subject of vision and how it relates to inspiring leadership. Read More


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Strengths or Weaknesses

Jack Zenger talks about when to work on strengths and when to address your weaknesses. Read More


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Inspiring Leaders

Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman outline how inspiring leaders create a vision for their direct reports. Read More


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Leading Without a Title

Jack Zenger talks about how some leaders lead without having a title. Read More


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