Using Intelligence Theory to Lead and Unlock Creativity

General Leadership

It’s a leadership theory developed by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard that essentially states that there’s no single “best” style of leadership. and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link].

How Being Too Good Holds You Back!

Marshall Goldsmith

It was lucrative, and I needed my mentor Dr. Paul Hersey to point out the downside or I never would have grown. When it comes to changing our behavior, there are two options that people usually try.

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Ethics and Trust: An Interview with Robert Hoyk

First Friday Book Synopsis

Green interviewed Robert Hoyk, co-author with Paul Hersey of a book that I highly admire: The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior. In 2009, Charles H. After reading it, Green observes, “What grabbed me was their idea that ethics is usually considered a philosophical issue, but the management application of […]. Bob''s blog entries Advantageous Comparison Charles H.

5 Ways to Become a Better Leader!

Marshall Goldsmith

My good friend and mentor, Dr. Paul Hersey, defined leadership as “working with and through others to achieve objectives.” It’s an age-old question: Are we influenced more by nature or nurture? Applied to leadership, the question becomes: Are great leaders born or made?

10 Essential Leadership Models

Great Leadership By Dan

Developed by Ken Blanchard and Paul Hersey, it’s a timeless classic. Your only dilemma will be which version to choose: Hersey or Blanchard? While there have been thousands of books written about leadership, there are a handful of leadership models that have served me well as a leader and leadership development practitioner. These are the tried and true models that have shifted my thinking about leadership and help create teachable leadership moments for others.

Disastrous at Delegating? 4 Tips to Become a Pro!

Marshall Goldsmith

My good friend and mentor, Dr. Paul Hersey, showed me why more delegation is not necessarily better delegation. Leaders often fall into the trap that they “need to delegate” more. For some reason, they’ve been led to believe that delegation is always a good thing. It’s not!

The Signs Of Provocative Leadership

Lead Change Blog

They get a good blend of Hersey-Blanchard’s Situational Leadership, Kotter’s Change Management, Kouzes-Posner’s Five Leadership Practices, Collins’ Level Five and many more.” It was an amusing game at a leadership retreat, especially after a few adult beverages.

One Quick Exercise for Planning Your Life

Marshall Goldsmith

In doing this exercise myself, I found that all of my heroes are generous teachers, like Buddha, Frances Hesselbein (former Girl Scout CEO), Alan Mulally (former Ford CEO), Peter Drucker (Father of Modern Management), and Paul Hersey (Co-creator of Situational Leadership®).

How Can I Delegate More Effectively?

Marshall Goldsmith

My good friend and mentor Paul Hersey showed me why more delegation was not necessarily better delegation. My first suggestion in trying to improve delegation skills is for you to always remember: "Delegate more effectively -- don't just delegate more frequently." If we delegate an assignment to a person who lacks the motivation and ability to do the job, we do a disservice to both the person and our organization. We need to delegate only to people who are ready to handle the challenge.

The Right Way to Disagree with Direct Reports

Marshall Goldsmith

A: Here are my suggestions for you, which (I hope) work: * My teacher and mentor Paul Hersey always taught me that "leadership is not a popularity contest." Q: You often write about the importance of encouraging ideas from co-workers. What if you are a manager and your direct reports have strong opinions on a topic - and you believe their suggestions just won't work?

Three Ways to Make Your Leadership Relevant


Leaders need to be flexible and apply a leadership style that fits the situation, as posited by author and organizational theorist Paul Hersey. This is a guest post from John Baldoni. John is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, coach, author and speaker. This excerpt is adapted from his newest book, The Leader’s Pocket Guide. . PURPOSEFUL LEADERSHIP DEPENDS UPON RELEVANCY and connection. Leaders can consider three factors: context, circumstance, and consequence.

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Some Unusual Novels That Deserve to Be Re-Read


A Friendly Life

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He went public and then sold the Hersey. Hersey spun it off and the person who bought it went public again. On my flight yesterday I read a short book (and a longer one but that review can come later). A Friendly Life if an autobiography of S. Presley Blake, the co-founder of Friendly Ice Cream. I love success stories - especially ones that start from nothing.

Demonstrating the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Marshall Goldsmith

My friend and mentor, Dr. Paul Hersey, upon receiving an honorary doctorate, shared one of his secrets for success with graduating students. After the publication of one of my BusinessWeek articles, I received many passionate e-mails from parents and educators thanking me for writing the piece and sharing their beliefs in the importance of instilling the entrepreneurial spirit in young people.

Front-line versus Top-down


To be more specific, I believe that the front-line is about management and situational leadership is about how to manage , not necessarily lead, teams with diverse backgrounds (Hersey and Blanchard, 1972). Hersey, P. A few weeks ago I got into a conversation about whether situational leadership was more appropriate for top-level or front-line leadership. I argued that situational leadership is most appropriate for front-line leadership.

One Thing Super Successful People Don’t Do!

Marshall Goldsmith

One of my greatest heroes, Dr. Paul Hersey, co-creator of Situational Leadership™, was a wonderful mentor to me. Super successful people do not “coast” on their success.

Helping People Achieve Their Goals

Marshall Goldsmith

One of our great teachers, Paul Hersey, always said, “Leadership is not a popularity contest.” In this article, we focus primarily on behavioral goals, such as becoming a better listener or more effective at involving team members in decisions. Much of the published research in the field of goal setting involves health-related goals … by Marshall Goldsmith and Kelly Goldsmith.

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Be a Better Leader – Be More Like Your Heroes!

Marshall Goldsmith

Paul Hersey, Co-creator of Situational Leadership®. Paul Hersey – extremely generous, great teacher. Recently I was at a workshop with my good friend designer Ayse Birsel. Ayse has created a program that helps leaders Design the Life You Love.

Fast Friday with Erwin McManus

Roundtable Talk

I love simple concepts that stand the test of time and the Blanchard/Hersey model is just that. Yesterday was a great day. I spent it with a group of leaders at one of my favourite client’s talking about one of my favourite tools: Situational Leadership.

Book Suggestions


Books make great gifts.

14 Leadership Studies – Quick Overview of Leadership


It was first proposed by Dr. Paul Hersey and Dr. Ken Blanchard , who believed that leaders chose their leadership style based on the maturity or level of the follower,dividing up the necessary leadership behaviors into four different quadrants.

Please Read This! For Leaders & Coaches…

Marshall Goldsmith

This is my small way of honoring the many wonderful teachers and leaders who have so generously helped me – without ever asking for anything in return – people like Frances Hesselbein, Alan Mulally, Paul Hersey, Richard Beckhard, Warren Bennis, Peter Drucker – and many more.

Giving Away All I Know – ‘Pay It Forward’!

Marshall Goldsmith

This is my small way of honoring the many wonderful teachers and leaders who have so generously helped me – without ever asking for anything in return – people like Frances Hesselbein, Alan Mulally, Paul Hersey, Richard Beckhard, Warren Bennis, Peter Drucker – and many more.

60 Extraordinary Political Novels


Granted, some are more "political" than others but they are worth your time.

2 Big Opportunities for Incredible Change!

Marshall Goldsmith

Recently, I had the opportunity to do an online session with my friend Ben Croft for the WBECS 2017 Summit. Ben is president of the World Business and Executive Coach Summit and founder of Ethical Coach and he asked me to talk about my pay it forward project 100 Coaches.


Why You Need a Personal Superhero!

Marshall Goldsmith

Like all of my other wonderful heroes, Frances Hesselbein, Peter Drucker, Alan Mulally, and Dr. Paul Hersey, Buddha was a generous teacher. My greatest hero is Buddha. He is my personal superhero.

Making A Transition to Leadership

You're Not the Boss of Me

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Meet My Next Group of Coaches!

Marshall Goldsmith

I wrote down Frances Hesselbein (former CEO of the Girl Scouts and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom), Alan Mulally (former CEO of Ford and CEO of the year in the United States), Peter Drucker (founder of modern management), Paul Hersey (noted author, teacher, and personal mentor of mine), and Warren Bennis (one of the world’s greatest leadership thinkers of his time). Dear Friends, Greetings from Seattle!

Leadership Style – Part I | You're Not the Boss of Me

You're Not the Boss of Me

So to kick things off, I’m going to start with the fundamentals and point you to the work of Ken Blanchard and Paul Hersey who developed a Situational Leadership model, maybe a hundred years ago…okay not quite that long ago.