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Interview with Jay A Conger on The Making of a CEO

January 2009 - By Dr. Nagendra V Chowdary

Leadership is the activity of looking forward, understanding shifts in the environment, practicing the abandonment of certain activities of the past. It is about setting a future-oriented vision. It is also about building personal relationships with employees. It is about being a role model in your personal actions for what you hope your followers will do.
—Jay A Conger
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Jay A Conger is the Henry Kravis Chaired Professor of Leadership at Claremont McKenna College in California and a visiting professor at the London Business School. He is one of the world's experts on leadership. He is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other business periodicals analyzing people and trends in the executive suite and in the boardroom. In recognition of his extensive work with companies, BusinessWeek named him the best business school professor to teach leadership and one of the top five management education teachers worldwide. As a management educator and consultant, he has worked

with over three hundred companies in his 25-year career. Author of over one hundred articles and book chapters and fourteen books, he researches on leadership, organizational change, boards of directors, and the training and development of leaders and managers. He is one of a handful of authors who have published multiple articles in the Harvard Business Review. His most recent books include Boardroom Realities (forthcoming 2009), The Practice of Leadership (2007), Growing Your Company's

Leaders (2003), Shared Leadership (2002), Corporate Boards: New Strategies for Adding Value at the Top (2001), The Leader's Change Handbook (1999), Building Leaders (1999), and Winning'Em Over: A New Model for Management in the Age of Persuasion (1998). He has taught at the Harvard Business School, INSEAD (France), the London Business School, McGill University, and the University of Southern California. He has been awarded by the Center for Creative Leadership their prestigious H Smith Richardson Fellowship for his research on leadership. His insights have been featured in BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The LA Times, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Training, The Wall Street Journal, and Working Woman. He received his BA from Dartmouth College, his MBA from the University of Virginia, and his DBA from the Harvard Business School. Prior to his academic career, he worked in government and as an international marketing manager for a high technology company.

Useful for Understanding of:

  • Difference between leaders and managers or leadership and management
  • Five rules for setting up a successful management system
  • Role of organization in nurturing and developing leadership talent within the company
Originally Published in Effective Executive, IUP
Effective Executive Reference No. 03M-2009-01-07-06
IBSCDC Reference No. INT0083
Year and Month of Publication January 2009
Keywords Jay A Conger, Difference between leaders and managers or leadership and management, Five rules for setting up a successful management system, Role of organization in nurturing and developing leadership talent within the company

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