Author Archives: Bryan Bennett

An Update on ‘Tales from the Leadership Front’​ – A Lifetime of Mentoring

Category : Training

I was deep into working on my next leadership book last week when I received a phone call. I was prepared to ignore it or send it to voicemail since I figured it was another car warranty extension or student loan reduction call when I saw my mentor, Jerry O. Williams’s face on my phone. Several years ago, I started adding pictures to my contacts so I don’t even have to read the name of the caller, but I can see their face, even from across the room.

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Growth Mondays Elite Leadership Discussion

Category : Training

Check out my live discussion on leadership with Rollis Fontenot III for the HRMaximizer Growth. Click on the link below to watch the session on LinkedIn.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Was Also a Great Storyteller

Category : Storytelling

On this day when we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought I’d examine his legacy from a different point of view. We all recognize him as a great leader and a great orator, but did you know he was also a master storyteller?

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Crisis Leadership Content Now in the Leadership Resource Library

Category : Leadership

“True leadership is revealed in the time of a crisis!”
– J. Bryan Bennett

In 2020, leaders were challenged by numerous crises, including a global pandemic, racial injustice and changing business models. This has been a stressful time for the many executives I regularly talk to and for many of the people who work for them.

That’s why the Elite Leadership Academy decided to add “Leading During a Crisis” and “Leading With Diversity & Inclusion” categories to the “Special Leadership Topics” section of our Leadership Resource Library. Like all of our categories, these libraries include some of the top leadership resources curated from leading online sources. Try it out today with a free 30-day trial. Just click on the link for more information.


Leadership Lessons From 2020

Category : General Leadership

There’s a reason the rearview mirror is so small and the windshield is so big.
Where you’re headed is much more important than what’s behind you.
– Unknown

What leadership lessons did you learn in 2020 that you are taking into 2021? Which lessons do you want to leave in 2020?

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Inspiring Leadership Speaking Topics for 2021!

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Ongoing leadership learning is critical to continued growth and lessons are everywhere. The year 2020 was tough for us all, therefore Professor Bennett has developed some entertaining and engaging speaking topics for 2021. Live events are being booked for post July 1st and virtual events all year. Read more about his speaking and schedule him at jbryanbennett.com/speaking.

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Preview the Elite Leadership Academy

We are very excited to share the news of the rebranding of our new leadership training site – Elite Leadership Academy. In the past, we have operated under the Professional Leadership Academy, but with the expected publication in the next few months of my new book, The Path to Elite Level Leadership, we decided to change the site to match the book.

The new site features new leadership development programs, master classes, a leadership resources library and even a virtual tour of our virtual academy.

As a subscriber, we are inviting you to preview the site and also offering you 25% off any of the training in our ‘Curriculum Catalog‘ with the coupon code ’25offpreview’ until November 30, 2020.

Please take a look at it and let us know what you think about it.


The Ethics of AI in Healthcare

I’m looking to participating in this panel discussion on September 29th for #aimed. There are no #AI shortcuts to #aihealthcare. Like anything else, you have to build a solid foundation to be successful. I discuss many of these concepts in my book Competing on Healthcare Analytics and in my analytics classes at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.

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Call It What It Is: Anti-Blackness

I encourage you to read this masterful piece from the NY Times by my colleague and Northwestern scholar Kihana Miraya Ross on anti-blackness.

Anti-blackness describes the inability to recognize black humanity. It captures the reality that the kind of violence that saturates black life is not based on any specific thing a black person did. The violence we experience isn’t tied to any particular transgression. It’s gratuitous and unrelenting.

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4th Principle of Professional Leadership

Category : Leadership

The 4th Principle of Professional Leadership is “An abundance of the innate leadership qualities of humility, empathy, vision and risk-taking (and the instinct when to use each).”

Although everyone can be taught leadership, the best leaders have that little something extra that sets them apart. That ‘something extra’ component is usually a number of innate leadership qualities, some that can be taught, but the best leaders have an abundance of these qualities innately. The more innate qualities a leader has, the higher their leadership ceiling which is what separates a good leader from an elite level leader.

Nominate an elite level leader today for the 2020 Professional Leadership IMPACT Award. Nominations are open until 7/17/20.


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