Choosing Leadership

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Linda GinzelCan you actually choose to be a leader even if you have no followers? Linda Ginzel, PHD, Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology at Chicago Booth and author of Choosing Leadership will unequivocally tell you “yes” – along with "what are you waiting for?” In this CareerCast, Linda shares how to take on leadership development as a life-long process and that leadership is a skill, not a trait, honed through both reflection and practice.

Aired January 18, 2019

Linda Ginzel has been a member of the Chicago Booth faculty since 1992. She specializes in negotiation skills, managerial psychology, leadership, and executive development. Recent interest is focused on what she terms Leadership Capital: the courage, wisdom and capacity to decide when to manage and when to lead. In 2000 President Clinton awarded her a President's Service Award, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service directed at solving critical social problems. She is also the two-time recipient of the James S. Kemper Jr. Grant in Business Ethics.

Professor Ginzel has been choosing leadership long before she decided to write this book. From pioneering the volunteer student council at Gorman Junior High School in Colorado Springs, establishing the first Psi Chi Chapter at Denver’s Metropolitan State College, creating the business of customized executive education at the Chicago’s Booth School of Business and founding the influential nonprofit organization KID. Her mission is to guide others in how to be wiser, younger.

In addition to her responsibilities at Chicago Booth, Linda is the co-founder Kids In Danger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children's product safety. She also served as director of the Consumer's Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. Professor Ginzel is a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science, as well as a member of the Academy of Management

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