For the final half-day of the conference, Dr. James Bailey, Professor of Leadership and Chair of the Management Department, School of Business at George Washington University, drew upon his decades of leadership research as well as his editorship of several scholarly journals to make connections between developing leadership potential and todays theme of Uncertainty and Leadership. He shared the research on resistance to growth and change and implications for development as a method of reducing uncertainty along the leadership development path. The final speaker was Dr. Ed Betof, Senior Fellow and Academic Director for the University of Pennsylvanias Executive Program in Workplace Learning Leadership. Drawing upon his experience as VP, Talent Management and the Chief Learning Officer, Ed shared the work done there and its evolution into his work now with the new Leaders As Teachers Institute at the Corporate University Xchange. His interactive session helped attendees think how leaders of history have dealt with uncertainty (including Roosevelt and Churchill in time of war, Dr. Martin Luther King in times of social change, Golda Meir in times of geopolitical crisis) and what lessons we can learn from their actions. His approach to leadership stipulates that leaders have a responsibility to teach .values, business acumen and to serve as role models and that every leader can serve in some capacity. For more information about the LAT Institute and the robust support you can find there for bringing leaders as teachers to your organization, visit the Leaders as Teachers Institute.
With rich content, great speakers, opportunities to build networks and actionable ideas to take back, attendees judged the conference a success. Congratulations to the CUX team for a job well done.