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Instrumental Leadership

  Instrumental Leadership 2014

Organizational Behavior


June 3-4, 2014


Much academic and practitioner research focuses on transformational and charismatic leadership model, which emphasizes adding values, vision, charisma and interpersonal influence. This form of leadership was meant to go beyond transactional (“carrots and sticks”) quo approaches. Transformational leaders motivate their employees by inspiring and engaging them and by underlining the intrinsic value of their work. However, in today’s world, transformational and charismatic leadership is not enough; leaders also must get results using the non-sexy part of leadership: Instrumental leadership.

On a broad level, Instrumental Leadership has to do with leaders drawing on their domain-relevant expertise to ensure that the organization adapts effectively to its environment. This expert form of leadership ensures adequate monitoring of the internal and external environment, formulation and implementation of an appropriate strategy, provision of resources, and monitoring of outcomes. It is the kind of leadership that takes years to be cultivated and cannot be simply developed in a leadership training workshop.

This discovery event is for top organizational leaders where they will (re)learn the value of non-sexy, instrumental leadership, and how it must work in unison with transformational and transactional leadership to ensure organizational effectiveness. Leaders will share times when they have had problems implementing strategies because of their difficulties with using instrumental leadership as well as best practices in overcoming them.

You will learn about using instrumental leadership for truly aligning your organization’s strategic vision. Leading global organizations is hard work. As a leader, you can inspire your organization and achieve great results by spending the time to design the right structures and processes, reshape its culture, and allocate resources in line with its long-term strategy.

• How to develop policies and objectives to support the vision
• Strategy consistent resources and budget allocations
• How to adapt structures, processes and rewards so as to induce the right behaviors
• Optimal talent management to develop instrumental leadership
• Changing keystone habits in your culture


Instrumental Leadership, Lausanne, Switzeralnd, June 3-4, 2014

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