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Vince Molinaro      

Leadership Advisor & New York Times Bestselling Author of "The Leadership Contract: The Fine Print to Becoming a Great Leader"

Vince Molinaro, PhD, is a strategic leadership advisor, speaker, and researcher on leadership accountability. As the founder and CEO of Leadership Contract Inc., Dr. Molinaro travels the world helping organizations build vibrant leadership cultures with truly accountable leaders.

Molinaro experienced a defining moment early in his career when he saw a respected colleague and mentor succumb to cancer that she believed was the by-product of a stressful, toxic work environment. As a result, he has made it his life’s work to boldly confront mediocre and unaccountable leadership.

Molinaro calls out the global leadership crisis today and thoughtfully lays out the strategy to address it headon. His unique combination of provocative storytelling, evidence-based principles and grounded practicality has leaders at all levels stepping up to fulfill their obligations to drive the success of their organizations.

He is a New York Times best-selling author and has published several books including Accountable Leaders (Wiley, 2020), The Leadership Contract (3rd ed., Wiley, 2018) and The Leadership Contract Field Guide (Wiley, 2018). He has also co-authored two other books: Leadership Solutions (Jossey- Bass, 2007) and The Leadership Gap (Wiley, 2005). His ideas serve as the foundation of leadership development programs in leading companies around the world.

Molinaro lives leadership accountability every day as an entrepreneur and global executive. His research and writing on leadership accountability are featured in some of the world’s leading business publications. He also shares his insights in his Gut Check for Leaders blog and through the Accountable Leaders App available from the Apple and Google App Stores.

Molinaro and his family live near Toronto, Canada.

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The Leadership Contract: Session description

Recent studies show that only 7 percent of employees have trust and confidence in their senior leaders. How can organizations ever succeed if so few employees believe in their senior leaders? In his keynote, The Leadership Contract, Vince Molinaro ,Global Managing Director of the Leadership Practice within Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, explains why leadership, and specifically leadership culture, is the only real differentiator between the organizations that thrive and those that fall behind.

The stakes in leadership have always been high, but they are getting even higher. Leaders today must execute strategy, drive innovation, and build talent for the future. They are under more pressure and more scrutiny than ever before. Molinaro can discuss the four terms and conditions of the leadership contract:

  1. Leadership is a decision - Leaders today need to make the conscious and deliberate decision to lead. Decision brings the expectation and personal commitment to be the best leader you can be to make your company successful.

  2. Leadership is an obligation - Leaders must realize the second they become a leader they are held to a higher standard of behavior. Leaders have obligations to customers, employees, organizations, and the communities in which you do business. Leaders must step up to their accountabilities and live up to the obligations as a leader.

  3. Leadership is hard work - Leaders must realize that leadership is hard, and it’s getting harder. Leaders must commit to tackling the hard work that they usually avoid - things that keep their company stuck. Leaders need resilient personal resolve to rise above the daily pressures. Leaders must get tough.

  4. Leadership is a community - In today’s complex world, no one leader will have all the answers. The idea of the lone hero who can save us all was yesterday’s model of leadership. Today, we need to build a strong community of leaders. The leadership contract demands that leaders connect with other leaders to build a strong community of leaders in your organization. One where there is high clarify and commitment and a deep sense of trust and support. When you build a strong leadership culture, it will be your ultimate differentiator.

Designed for top-level executives, mid-level managers, front-line leaders, and emerging leaders, The Leadership Contract identifies the gap in leadership accountability and explains the mindset required for great leadership. Molinaro tackles this problem head on and explores why leaders must commit to do a lot better.


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