Current ICEDR Research Project:
Developing Enterprise Leaders
In April of 2004, ICEDR Founder and President Doug Ready wrote an article for MIT Sloan Management Review, “Leading at the Enterprise Level,” which introduced the concept of leaders who are able to juggle the often-conflicting needs and priorities of unit or division vs. the whole. Ten years later, companies still have trouble developing leaders who are able to systematically think across silos. In our search of the literature and conversations with company executives, we have found broad acceptance of the concept but no advice on how to get there. Thus, Doug Ready and Ellen Peebles, former Senior Editor at Harvard Business Review and a Senior Fellow at ICEDR, are launching a project to uncover this rare breed of leader and study how companies develop them and put into place the organizational policies and practices that support these new behaviors.