As part of my gig as a guest on the HR Happy Hour’s Leadership Show , I agreed to pull together some leadership resources for the Happy Hour listeners. When I talk with clients about leadership development, they often say one or both of the following:
a) We don’t have the time to develop something
b) We don’t have the money to train leaders
This list is designed to help you with both of these challenges. These resources are a list of white papers, downloads and other great freebies offered by some of the most prominent vendors and thought-leaders in leadership development. Most of the resources listed have a “for pay” component as well, so if your company is in the market for these tools, please do check them out.
“Many hands make the load light” and that is so true with the creation of this list. A huge shout-out goes to my fellow leadership development colleagues Dave Brand, Dan McCarthy and Susan Zelinski for adding their favorites to the mix. I’m grateful for their contributions.
A Great Place to Start: Great Leadership by Dan McCarthy
Last year, Dan wrote an excellent post on http://www.greatleadershipbydan.com/2009/02/how-to-design-frugal-leadership.html. It is spot-on with practical suggestions and I agree completely that leadership development need not be pricey. However, his suggestions do cost some $$, and I promised you “free”—so here we go. . .
Free Downloadable Research, White Papers, Podcasts
Note: some of the resources do require you to enter your contact information before allowing you to download, so you may not consider it 100% “free.”
I’m highlighting the well-known vendors because they have a lot of great content that’s easily accessible. As Dan McCarthy points out in item #3 of his frugal leadership post, there are thousands of independent niche-oriented leadership development consultants out there. If you know of one that provides similar high-quality content, please feel free to post it in the Comments section.
Awesomely Simple Resources site; this is by author John Spence who published Awesomely Simple last year. I just read this book and it’s a really great overall management primer. This site provides additional “how to’s” that are based on the book.
DDI.com’s Thought Leadership page
Ken Blanchard Companies leadership white papers (creator of Situational Leadership)
Marshall Goldsmith Library “free resources” tab Example: Athena video clips
Oh, where to start? There are SO many. Here are some of my favorites. . .
All Things Workplace by Steve Roesler. When I read Steve’s blog, it’s clear he does his homework. His insights are supported by interesting statistics paired with real-life examples.
Aspire Collaborative Services by Mary Jo Asmus. Mary Jo is an executive coach and a former HR executive for a Fortune 50 company. She knows her stuff and writes thoughtful essays on the foundational aspects of leadership.
Bret L. Simmons Dr. Bret (as he’s known on Twitter) is on the faculty of the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. He’s also a leadership consultant. His blog takes on tough topics; plus I like that he assigns his students leadership blogs to read as part of their coursework—a contemporary take on college homework.
Great Leadership by Dan McCarthy. Yes, I already featured him, but his blog is consistent, balanced and practical. Because he’s a practitioner (not a consultant) he’s not selling a thing. His content is always worth a read.
Human Capital League This blog isn’t strictly leadership-based. It aggregates many blogs that write on the topic of workforce development. Each day, several blog posts are highlighted on the Human Capital League’s main page. It’s worth checking out a few times a week.
Lead Change by Mike Henry. The founder of the immensely popular and active LinkedIn group by the same name, Mike blogs on a variety of subjects, all with the overarching theme of creating character-based leaders.
University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business Leadership and Management blog: offers an excellent series of blog posts regarding contemporary issues in leadership and management.
The Weekly Leader features a nice round-up of leadership articles, interviews and podcasts on a diverse cross section of leaders from a variety of industries.
Check out my Leadership Round Up post.
[Note: I don’t specifically endorse any of the services, products or opinions contained within the respective websites, other than to say, “hey, here’s an interesting site, go check it out.”]