[On Demand Webcast] The Conference Board & AIIR Consulting: Are Your HiPos Overrated?

The primary dynamic in human affairs is the individual search for power, and those that rise the ranks are disproportionately bold, extraverted, and confident in their own capabilities. However, what it takes to get to the top of an organizational hierarchy is different than what it takes to effectively lead teams. Those that get to the top are good at emerging as the leader, but these skilled politicians may lack the ability to truly build and maintain high performing teams.

Human resource departments and boards are tasked with identifying executive leaders that can build a healthy culture and achieve economic outcomes. This webcast explains how practitioners can use cutting-edge science to uncover hidden gems and combat the problem of overrated, and excessively homogenous, leadership talent pools.

After attending this webcast, you will:

  • Understand the systemic causes of poor leadership in organizations and the most common mistakes made by practitioners
  • Understand how these mistakes lead to an excessive number of bad leaders that degrade organizational culture
  • Have several actionable strategies to immediately improve your high-potential programs and succession planning initiatives, making them both more effective and diverse
  • Feel empowered and inspired to create an assessment and development program that gets rave reviews and is fair to all leaders in your organization


Speaker: Derek Lusk Ph.D.

Derek Lusk, Ph.D. is Head of Leadership Development at AIIR Consulting, where he helps Fortune 500 organizations with succession planning and developing high-potential leaders. He has a strong track record of building leadership development programs that engage participants and result in high satisfaction scores and sustained behavior change. He has worked as a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies in several industries, including real estate, retail, oil and gas, insurance, healthcare, and biotech. Derek’s thought leadership includes academic articles on the dark side of leadership, leadership emergence, identifying high-potentials, and leadership flexibility. He is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and frequent speaker on a variety of topics ranging from C-suite leadership to organizational resilience and politics. He is a member of the Society for Consulting Psychology (SCP), Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and on the board of the SIOP Professional Practice Series. Derek holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in business psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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