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March 07, 2011

What should a new leader do to establish his/her leadership style and make an impact – without rocking the boat?

2011 is already flying by. We can hardly believe this will be our 3rd author series this year! Our March series is based on the recent news that Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin left his post at the company after only 6 months in the job. You can read the full article in BusinessWeek here. We noticed some Twitter rumblings on the topic and thought this would be the perfect question to open up to our Jossey-Bass business authors. (Our author Bill George even noted via his Twitter account: "6 mos. is a short time to know someone's leadership style.) We have some really compelling insights to share and hope you'll chime in, here in the comments or on Twitter and Facebook.


Today's response comes to you from Harry Kraemer, whose Jossey-Bass book "From Values to Action" is available for preorder now:

"Leadership begins within, using self-reflection to identify one’s values: what the leader stands for, what matters most, and how these values will positively impact the organization.  In addition to self-reflection, having balance, true self-confidence, and genuine humility help the leader keep the ego in check, while continuously striving to do the right thing. Only by establishing a values-based foundation can a leader foster alignment and effect meaningful change."

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. is a professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches for the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. He is also an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), one of the largest private equity firms where he consults with CEOs and other top executives of companies in MDP’s extensive portfolio. Kraemer is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a multi-billion global healthcare company. A recognized expert in values-based leadership, Kraemer has written and spoken widely on the topic. He was voted the Kellogg School Professor of the Year in 2008.

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Learn more about his book, "From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership."


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Beautiful post of self-reflection, with the balance, the true self-confidence, humility and a true leader to help keep your ego in check.

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