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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

Goizueta is where bright futures begin. Created in 1919 as one of the nation's first business schools, the school's influence extends across the U.S. and around the globe. Our MBA programs consistently rank in the top 25 in the world among major publications including Businessweek, The Economist, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes.