Welcome to the Autumn edition of Executive Edge. This is the second edition of our new format newsletter and I hope you like the look. As a reminder,  you can readily access previous articles we have reviewed via the Research Briefs section of the DCP website. You can browse by topic or search for
information by keyword on any study we have featured (from 2016 onwards). Note too that we are  including additional information and supplementary reading/reference resources for each of the three research briefs featured. 

In this edition of Executive Edge, we begin with a recent study on CEO transformative leadership style and innovation. Continuing the leadership style theme, our second brief looks at a study into five contemporary leadership styles and theories and asks whether these are relevant to the millennial generation. Finally, we review two research studies on trends in human capital and executive coaching. 

We hope our selections are informative and thought-provoking, as well as providing you with ideas, tools and resources to facilitate your success as a leader as well as aid in the development of others. Do let me know if you'd like to know more about any of our featured studies and be sure to check out the additional resources on each topic by following the read more links below. 
Margaret D'Onofrio
Principal / Executive Coach
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Does Transformational Leadership Promote Innovation? 
Sattayaraksa , T., & Boon-itt, S. (2016). CEO transformational leadership and the new product development process. Leadership & Organization Development Journal , 37 (6), 730-749.

Is there a link between CEO transformational leadership style and new product development (NPD)? The authors of a new study found strong evidence to suggest there is. They also found a connection between organizational learning and innovation culture and the NPD process. Their findings can help organizations improve their NPD processes and achieve greater new product success.

""Google CEO and founders have demonstrated transformational leadership in making Google one of the most innovative companies in the world, by creating a fun environment and a relaxed culture in which creativity thrives." Oke et al. (2009)."
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Are Current Leadership Theories Relevant to Millennials? 
Anderson, H.J., et al., What works for you may not work for (Gen)Me: Limitations of present leadership theories for the new generation, The Leadership Quarterly (2016)

The authors of this Leadership Quarterly article question whether five contemporary leadership theories are relevant to Millennials (those born between 1981-1997 who make up the largest generation cohort of the working population as of 2015).

This paper is an important read for all leaders and HR professionals whose leadership approaches are based on current theories.

"Several of our most widely researched theories of leadership may be stretched by the changing dispositions and values of the work force. We would contend that generational shifts have dictated a reevaluation of the applicability of many of our classic leadership approaches how they might be useful in leading the newest generation of organizational entrants. Given the generational shifts that have been discussed, managers and future researchers need to be mindful of both the adequacy and adaptability of these theories for the latest organizational entrants."
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Executive Coaching 2016 - Conference Board

2016 Trends in Human Capital and Executive Coaching
Deloitte's Global Human Capital Trends,  February 2016
Conference Board 2016 Ninth Bi-Annual Executive Coaching, Sept 2016. 
Two important reports have been published in the last six months which will be of interest to Human Resource professionals. In this post, we review the key findings from both studies that relate to leadership development.

"Fully 89 percent of executives in this year's survey rated the need to strengthen, reengineer, and improve organizational leadership as an important priority. The traditional pyramid shaped leadership development model is simply not producing leaders fast enough to keep up with the demands of business and the pace of change." Deloitte.
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Ted Talk Change Leadership

5 ways to lead in an era of constant change - Jim Hemerling

Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today's constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all. 

Empathy - The Most Critical Leadership Behavior - Tacy Byham and Rich Wellins
Of all the leadership soft skills, empathy is arguably the most critical and yet it's in short supply among leaders today.

In this clip, DDI's CEO Tacy Byham with SVP Rich Wellins discuss why empathy is the most critical leadership behavior.

CEO Turnover - Research Spotlight 
By David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan CGRI Research Spotlight Series. September 2016. Accounting, Corporate Governance.

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on relation between CEO performance and turnover. It reviews the evidence of:
  • The relation between performance and likelihood of termination
  • The relation between board attributes and likelihood of termination
  • Other factors that might influence CEO performance oversight
Key Trends Shaping the Future of Learning & Development 

By Andrew Fletcher and Ephraim Spehrer-Patrick

Seven key trends are identified by Mercer as part of the 2016 Mercer Global Talent Trends Study:

Development in Neuroscience
Era of the Individual
Digital Transformation
Big Data
Investment in Learning and
Leadership and the Role of
Learning and Development


This revised and updated edition includes new coverage of accountability, personal and organizational levels of the leadership contract, a new Gut Check summary questions after each chapter, and additional opening and closing remarks to provide key insight into what the leadership role entails.

D'Onofrio Consulting Partners is a Women Business Enterprise (WBE), certified by WBENC and NWBOC. 
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