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Don't Let Your Career Jump the Track

The bad news is that successful careers can go off the intended track. However, you can reach the level you want and be seen as a candidate for future promotion through an awareness of success indicators for leaders. According to the Center for Creative Leadership's research, leaders who succeed
  • establish strong relationships;
  • hire, build, and successfully lead teams;
  • have outstanding track records of performance; and
  • adapt and develop during transitions.
Career development and success is an ongoing process. A good way to assess your strength in these areas is 360-degree feedback. You can accomplish a great deal through independent learning, training, and working with a coach.

Suggested Readings

  • Capobianco, S., Davis, M.H., Kraus, L.A. (2001). Managing Conflict Dynamics: A practical approach. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Eckerd College Management Development Institute.
  • Chappelow, C., & Leslie, J.B. (2001). Keeping Your Career On Track: Twenty success strategies. Greensboro, N.C.: Center for Creative Leadership.
  • Eichinger, R.W., & Lombardo, M.M. (1990). Twenty-two ways to develop leadership in staff managers. Greensboro, N.C.: Center for Creative Leadership.
  • Leslie, J.B., & Van Velsor, E. (1996). A look at derailment today: North America and Europe. Greensboro, N.C.: Center for Creative Leadership.
  • Lombardo, M.M., & Eichinger, R.W. (1989). Eighty-eight assignments for development in place. Greensboro, N.C.: Center for Creative Leadership.
  • McCall, M.W., Jr., Lombardo, M.M., & Morrison, A.M. (1988). The lessons of experience. Lexington, Mass.; Lexington Books.
  • McCauley, C.D., Moxley, R.S., & Van Velsor, E. (Eds.). (1988). The Center for Creative Leadership handbook of leadership development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass and Center for Creative Leadership.
  • Van Velsor, E., & Leslie, J.B. (1995). "Why executives derail: Perspectives across time and cultures." Academy of Management Executive, 9(4), 62-72.
At Working Dynamics, we work with individual leaders and organizations to develop skills and behaviors that keep careers on track and profits up. The first resource listed above, Managing Conflict Dynamics: A practical approach, is the development guide that accompanies the Conflict Dynamics Profile (360-degree feedback). To discuss this and other development methods further, contact Susan Gunn, (804) 353-9527 or

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