What Makes a Great Leader? (with Ron Ashkenas)

Meeting Strategist - Conversations on Leadership & Communication

Oct 13 2020 • 40 mins

What is leadership, how is it different from management and what does it take to succeed as a leader in today’s virtual environment?

My guest on this episode is Ron Ashkenas, an executive coach and boardroom advisor with more than 35 years of experience in supporting leadership growth and organizational transformation. He’s a Partner Emeritus at Schaffer Consulting and the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and five books, including the ‘Harvard Business Review Leader’s Handbook’ and the ‘GE Work-Out’.

This conversation consists of three parts:

  • In the first 10 minutes Ron reflects on his experiences with former GE CEO Jack Welch: was he the best or the worst leader in corporate history?

  • In the second part of the conversation we discuss authentic leadership and the six practices you need to succeed as a leader.

  • In the final 15 minutes we explore how leaders can lead effectively in today’s virtual environment.

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