Elevating Your Leaders from "Meh" to Making Magic

Friday, July 16, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Ryan Gottfredson, Assistant Professor of Leadership, California State University, Fullerton and Kumaran Rajaram, Senior Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Research (Hogan, 2014) has shown that 75% of employees state that their direct leader is the most stressful part of their job. This suggests that the majority of leaders are "meh" leaders. How can you help your leaders go from being "meh" to making magic? The answer to this question is in a form of development called vertical development, which differs from most traditional horizontal development efforts. In this session, we will introduce what vertical development is and how it can help you elevate your leaders to make more magic. 


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Ryan Gottfredson
Ryan Gottfredson

Assistant Professor of Leadership, California State University, Fullerton

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a cutting-edge leadership consultant, trainer, coach, and researcher. He helps improve organizations by improving the success of their leaders’ and managers’ lives, work, and leadership. Ryan is currently a leadership and management professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. He is also a former Gallup, Inc., consultant where he helped dozens of organizations improve the engagement of their employees. As a respected authority and researcher on topics related to leadership, management, and organizational behavior, Ryan has published over 15 articles across a variety of journals including: Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Business Horizons, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Journal of Leadership Studies. His research has been cited over 1,400 times since 2013.

Kumaran Rajaram
Kumaran Rajaram

Senior Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Kumaran Rajaram, Ph.D. has over 18 years of corporate leadership and senior management experience in organisational development, strategic and change management. He started his career as an Engineer, had served as Section Head, Engineering, Head - Director of Academic Affairs and Vice-President Business Development for Asia Pacific and CEO of a Global Leadership Consulting Firm before he crossed over as a researcher and educator. He is currently a Professor in Global Leadership and Management, Course Chair at Nanyang Business School and a Research Fellow with the Centre for Research and Development in Learning, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also the Founder and Executive Director, Research Lab for Learning Innovations and Culture of Learning. He has a Ph.D. with Distinction in Business and Management. He is an expert in the field of leadership and management, management education, learning culture and innovation. He has received multiple competitive school, university and national level research grants and awards. He has published in leadership, management education, learning culture in multi-disciplinary context and internationalisation of business education.