A Leader’s Dilemma: How to Effectively Deal with Paradox

business leader pondering dilemma while drinking tea by the window

One of the leadership competencies that is especially important in today’s complex global marketplace is the ability to effectively deal with paradox. Black and white thinkers see the world in two dimensions: either/or. But many challenges leaders face in the organizational world require both/and thinking.

Join us for this complimentary webinar led by Professor Peter Topping, award-winning teacher, researcher, author, consultant, and executive coach. Professor Topping will talk through how to manage the balance between two interdependent imperatives using examples from a range of industries and providing a framework for employing both/and thinking in leading others. He will also present a leadership framework that integrates the need to deal with paradox in helping individuals develop their leadership effectiveness.

Peter Topping is Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management at the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta. In this role, he teaches courses in Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Ethics across the school’s MBA programs.

Topping is an active consultant and executive coach specializing in organizational effectiveness, talent management, leadership development, and senior team effectiveness. Some of his current and past clients include AGL Resources, CareerBuilder, Fluor Daniel, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, The Home Depot, InterContinental Hotels Group, Sapient, Sprint, UNUM, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Over the past fifteen years, Topping has worked with a number of market-leading organizations in designing and delivering executive development programs. These include Argos, Coca-Cola, Eastman Chemical, The Home Depot, IBM, InterContinental Hotels Group, Lockheed Martin, the Mayo Clinic, McKesson, Newell Rubbermaid, Ryder System, Texaco, Verizon, and Xerox, among others.

About the Author

Business education has been an integral part of Emory University’s identity since 1919. That kind of longevity and significance does not come without a culture built on success and service. Emory University’s Goizueta Business School offers a unique, community-oriented environment paired with the academic prestige and rigor of a major research institution. Goizueta develops business leaders of today and tomorrow with top-ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and a portfolio of non-degree Emory Executive Education courses. Together, the Goizueta community strives to solve the world’s most pressing business problems. The school is named for the late Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.