Welcome to the Drucker Forum 2020, with a theme this year of “leadership everywhere.”

Welcome to the Drucker Forum 2020, with a theme this year of “leadership everywhere.”
It is a theme we chose a year ago, before anyone could know the challenges that 2020 would bring. As it turned out, this year cast a bright spotlight on the performance of leaders everywhere – and the light has not always been flattering.[…]

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Leaders Need to Harness Aristotle’s 3 Types of Knowledge
by Roger Martin, Richard Straub, and Julia Kirby

If you’re working to improve your leadership capability, what exactly should you be trying to develop? The experience of the 2020 pandemic offers a powerful lesson: A hugely important skill a leader must bring to the table is the ability to figure out what kind of thinking is required to address a given challenge.[…]

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A time for leadership
by Richard Straub

Crisis always shifts people’s attention abruptly to the quality of their leaders. We are seeing this now, as the appalling spread of the COVID-19 virus and the alarming collapse of economicactivity worldwide have people in all quarters looking to leaders for guidance—and often being left far from reassured by what they see.
Why do people give so much more attention to their anointed leaders in such moments?[…]

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Proclaiming the Century of Leadership
by Richard Straub

“People need leadership. Things need management.It is dangerous to get it the other way round.”– Charles HandyPeter Drucker, whose life spanned the twentieth century, labeled that time as the era of organizations and institutions. Ob-serving the dramatic rise of complex large-scale enterprises, he saw them as the new backbone of society and economy. As a consequence, he recognized the growing role of managers as fundamental to making these new legal, economic, social, and ultimately human constructs work[…]

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