Being on One’s Way: The Path to Leadership


Organizations often focus learning and development efforts for new and emerging leaders on building traits, skills or capabilities of model effective leaders and in doing so miss a foundational stage in the growth of leaders; namely establishing a dialogue towards leadership- as-action not leadership-as-role. The true learning leader acts based on the understanding that action, reflection, detaching (‘going out on the balcony’) and developing meaningful connections to others create the role of one who is now leading.


Author: Michael Molinaro

Michael Molinaro is the chief learning officer of New York Life Insurance Company. He joined the firm in 2009, after living in London for twelve years, where he led learning and leadership development teams for Deutsche Bank and UBS. He has written and contributed to papers on the topics of executive coaching, leadership development, and the practice of organizational change.


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