2020: A Test of Leadership

A look at what it meant to be a leader in a year unlike any other.

Leadership, The Workplace, Strategy

Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the reckoning on anti-Black racism, and the US election, 2020 has seen both a call for leadership and an interrogation of what it means to be a leader.

In March, CBS launched the Leading Through Crisis webinar series to highlight the ways business leaders, faculty members and alumni have responded to both the challenges of the pandemic and the protests in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder.

Leading Through Crisis has been renamed Leading Through Change and will continue to be the home for insight and perspectives from faculty, alumni, and guests into what is still a trying time.

Before we turn the calendar to 2021, we wanted to look at what CBS faculty, alumni, and special guests have taught us about leadership in the past nine months, and what lessons leaders could learn in the future.

A complete archive of Leading Through Change webinars can be found here.

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The Value of Authenticity in our Professional and Personal Lives

From Facebook to the boardroom, both corporations and individuals are called on to be our “authentic” selves, but what does authenticity really mean and why is it so powerful?

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The Workplace

Increasing Connections With Others

Professor Michael Slepian discusses his latest research on how to foster feelings of inclusion, belonging, and authenticity at the workplace and the world at large.

Strategy, Economics & Policy, Healthcare

What’s the Impact of the 2020 Presidential Election on Businesses?

Faculty experts and alumni business leaders discuss how the incoming administration will affect retail, healthcare, and energy infrastructure.

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Leadership, The Workplace, Social Impact

Learning Leadership Strategies From the Workplace and Protests

Professors Stephan Meier and Dan Wang explain how the pandemic and the demonstrations for racial justice are already influencing future business leaders.

Rise to the challenge.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world of business, while bringing historical inequities and injustice into sharp relief.

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