July Leadership Development Challenge – A Healthy Debate

by Jennifer Miller on July 21, 2011

in Leadership

It’s the second month of the Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge and things are starting to get interesting, thanks to a compelling and nuanced case study offered by Art Petty. Art presented us with what he calls the “Brilliant Problem Child” case study. The case inspired vigorous debate, which is the hallmark of a well-written scenario. In a nutshell, Art described a complex organizational and management situation in which an employee with incredible talent still manages to create tension with his challenging interpersonal skills. To see the entire case, click here.

Six leadership bloggers weighed in with their advice for “Pat”, the manager of the “problem child” “Joe”. Many of the Roundtable responses had a similar theme, suggesting that it was time for Pat to consider moving “Joe” out of the company, or at the very least, having a heart-to-heart about his behaviors.

It became interesting when the readership offered their take on the situation. Turns out, many of the readers strongly disagreed with the roundtable members’ opinions. That’s the best part of this roundtable process: we invite our blog readers to offer their own perspective on the scenario—and many take us up on it. Several readers of Art’s blog took the time to craft well-thought-out responses and many of those folks had a completely different take on the situation.

This Roundtable is the brainchild of Dan McCarthy at the blog Great Leadership. Because this is a new blogging series, we six “core” bloggers aren’t sure what to expect as we write our responses and read the reactions of the readership. Here’s one thing that’s certain: the Leadership Development Roundtable highlights the fact that helping to develop leaders is a highly complex process, with its fair share of varying opinions about how to do it properly.

I invite you to take a look at the ardent opinions expressed by the Roundtable panel and the readers in Art’s blog via The Votes Have Been Counted- The July Leadership Challenge. Plus, you’ll find out who of the six panelists’ opinions was voted “best” by the readership.

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