Leaders Talk Leadership: Top Executives Speak Their Minds

Leaders Talk Leadership: Top Executives Speak Their Minds

Leaders Talk Leadership: Top Executives Speak Their Minds

Leaders Talk Leadership: Top Executives Speak Their Minds


This impressive volume is a collection of thought leadership pieces written by leaders in business, academia and consulting firms from around the world, in conjunction with the firm Heidrick and Struggles. The book offers a compliation of knowledge from people across industries and across the globe on a variety of strategic issues facing the executives of today such as Governance, Leadership, Leading Transformation, Human Capital and the War For talent, Investing in the New Economy, and Emerging Business Models. Each section will consist of thought pieces and interviews by some of the leaders who are successfully navigating today's difficult and changing market environment including Craig Conway, President and CEO, PeopleSoft, Inc.; David S. Pottruck, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Charles Schwab Corporation; Fred Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO, FedEx Corporation; Hank McKinnell, CEO, Pfizer; Kenneth Chanault, CEO, American Express; Steve Reinmund, CEO, PepsiCo; Edward Tian, CEO, China Netcom; and Heinrich von Pierer, CEO of Siemens. Framing these sections will be articles by leading academics in the field, including Jay Conger on governance, Mohanbir Sawhney on new business models and Elspeth Murray on change. This book cuts through the jargon and the fluff, and serves as a reference manual that senior managers can digest quickly, and which MBA students will find invaluable.


At the threshold of a new millennium, corporations are faced with an unprecedented series of factors, both external and internal, that are accelerating the pace of change and disruption and ceaselessly reshaping the business landscape. Internally, the changing demographics and increasing diversity of the workforce are posing challenges to the traditional ways of structuring operations and of hiring, managing, and incenting employees. Externally, the relentless pace of technological advancement has given rise to a truly global marketplace, rife with opportunity as well as with danger—from previously undreamed-of access to new markets to the incomprehensible stresses of terrorism.

These internal and external factors are constantly meshing, forming a kaleidoscope of ever-shifting scenarios in which companies must produce, package, and market their goods and services—that is, provide value. In today's environment, “business as usual” clearly will not do. The need for leadership has remained throughout time. However, in today's fast-moving, volatile, and complex world, the need for inspired leadership, for substantive leadership, for distributed and meritocratic leadership, has never been more critical.

Following are some of the major forces that are reshaping today's corporation and are thus having an impact on leadership and the management of human capital.


The force of internationalization has been creeping into our daily lives for decades, but it has become increasingly clear over just the past few years how economically interdependent the nations of the world have become. It is no . . .

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