Resources for Leadership Development in 2020

February 27, 2020
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From ground-level managers to senior executives, it’s leadership that makes a company.

In fact, Gallup found that 70% of the variance in employee engagement is attributed to managers.

Given the ever-tightening labor market, solid leadership is more important than ever. But, leadership development doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Below are a number of lists for leadership development resources. 

Leadership Development Associations

Leadership development associations provide a central hub for leadership training resources. They’re an essential tool when developing a leadership development strategy. 

Listed below, you’ll find the top organizations that specialize in developing leadership.


The American Management Association

Human Capital Institute

Society for Human Resource Management

Association for Talent Development

World Economic Forum

American Leadership Development Association

National Management Association

American Society of Association Executives

Association of Leadership Programs

International Leadership Association

Academy of Human Resource Development

Center for Creative Leadership

Harvard Business Publishing: Corporate Learning

Harvard Business Review

Business Professionals of America

Association of Latino Professionals For America

The Senior Executives Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

TedTalks on Leadership


TedTalks are an excellent way to reinforce leadership lessons. They offer bite-sized inspiration that can fit in anywhere. 

Below are some of the best leadership talks available. 

Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe

Elizabeth Lyle: How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders

Charlene Li: Efficient leadership in the digital era

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors

Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn … then lead

David Logan: Tribal leadership

Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex

Sheryl Sandberg: So we leaned in … now what?

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

Rick Warren: A life of purpose

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Adam Grant: Are you a giver or a taker?

Brene Brown: On Vulnerability

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Tom Wujec: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast

Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership’s missing manual

Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers

Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are

How should a CEO lead? A musical exploration

Charlene Li: Efficient leadership in the digital era

Thought Leaders


Thought leaders provide a wealth of content. Going straight to the source of those quotes you’re always seeing is a great way of finding deeper insights. 

Below are some essential thought leaders to look into and model after. 

Marshall Goldsmith

Simon Sinek

John Maxwell

Jon GordonLolly Daskal

Richard Branson

Susan Cain

Bill Taylor

Jennifer McClure

Patricia Fripp



Leadership development workshops provide hands-on experience that can pack a lot of learning into a short amount of time. There’s a lot out there, however, so it’s vital that you find one that caters to your needs. 

Below is a selection of proven workshops with a variety of specialties. 

DX Learning Solutions

Gotham Culture

EY Learning & Development

Disney Institute: Professional Development & Leadership Training

John Maxwell: On-Site Workshops

CMOE: Bottom Line Leadership Training

LinkedIn Learning

Dale Carnegie Leadership Development

Talensmart: Emotional Intelligence Certification

WJM Associates: Leadership Development Workshops

World Business Forum

The Ken Blanchard Companies: Leadership Events and Training

Leadership Development Books


CEOs on average read 60 books a year. This isn’t a coincidence. To be an effective leader, there’s no way of getting around the need for the occasional deep dive. 

Below are some essential classics in leadership development to get you started. 

The Science of Story: Brand is a Reflection of Culture by Adam Fridman

Developing Global Leader: Insights from African Case Studies

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition) by John C. Maxwell,

Think Outside the Building How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Applied Leadership Development (Leadership: Research and Practice) by Al Bolea and Leanne Atwater

The Leadership Investment: How the World’s Best Organizations Gain Strategic Advantage Through Leadership Development by Robert M. Fulmer Marshall Goldsmith, Robert M. Fulmer, Marshall Goldsmith

Feeding Your Leadership Pipeline: How to Develop the Next Generation of Leaders in Small to Mid-Sized Companies by Daniel Tobin

Best Practices in Talent Management: How the World’s Leading Corporations Manage, Develop, and Retain Top Talent by Marshall Goldsmith

The Bass Handbook of Leadership Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications by Bernard M. Bass, Ruth Bass

Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading an Organization by Ron Williams

Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust (The Humble Leadership Series)

Leadership is an Art, by Max DePree

Leadershift, by John C. Maxwell

Scholarly Leadership Research


Unfortunately, the world of leadership development is full of claims that aren’t backed by research. The best way to get around this is to turn straight to scholarly research. 

Test your assumptions and read the insightful, research-backed articles below. 

Global Leadership Development
Why Leadership Development Efforts Fail 
Leadership Development: The Path to Greater Effectiveness

Harvard Business Review: The State of Leadership Development Report Leadership Development

Leadership Development Method: A Literature Review of Leadership Development Strategy and Tactics

The Many Faces of Leadership: Proposing Research Agenda Through a Review of Literature

How Effective Leadership Can Facilitate Change in Organizations through Improvement and Innovation 

RAND Corporation: Organizational Leadership Development

Research on the Importance of Leadership Development

Leadership Development: A Review and Agenda for Future Research

Senior Leaders’ Strategic Role in Leadership Development

Leadership Conferences and Live Events


Like concerts and sporting events, live leadership events have a special way of pumping you up. They provide the inspiration you need to take that pivotal next step. 

Below is an exciting assortment of live events and conferences in leadership development. 

Work Human Live

EntreLeadership Conferences

Learning Solutions Conference

Human Capital Institute: 2020 Learning & Leadership Development Conference

2020 Chief Executive Leadership Summit

Stanford Business: Executive Education

Gartner CIO Leadership Forum

Women’s Leadership Conference 

Leadercast 2020


Talent Development Think Tank

Business Agility Conference

Small Business Leadership Conference

Imagine Your Workplace 

Culture Summit

SHRM Annual Conference

OPTIMA Conference

Forbes Under 30 Summit

Forbes Women’s Summit

Techstars Startup Week

EY: The Strategic Growth Forum

Tugboat Institute 

The Culture First Global Conference

Responsive Conference

The Culture Conference 

Continuing Education

Resources for Leadership Development in 2020

New developments are emerging every day. In today’s marketplace, lifelong learning is essential to remain competitive. 

The programs below provide the education leaders today need to develop. 

eCornell: Leadership Certificates

Walsh College: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

SNHU: Organizational Leadership (BS)

Growing Leaders

UC Berkeley: Leadership Development Programs

Yale: Leadership Development Programs

Brockport: Leadership Development

Bloomfield: Student Leadership Development Program

Rider: Leadership Development Program

Umass Lowell: Leadership Development & Rotational Programs

Great Valley: Master of Leadership Development

Southern Maine Community College: Leadership Development Courses

Harvard Business School: Program for Leadership Development

Babson College: Leadership Series

Colorado State University: Online Organizational Leadership BS 

Michigan Ross: Emerging Leaders Program

MIT: Leadership in an Exponentially Changing World

Antioch University: Graduate School of Leadership and Change

Northwestern: Kellogg Executive Education

NYU: Leadership Courses

Columbia: Leadership Development

Wharton: Leadership Programs

University of Colorado Boulder: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Emory: Leadership Development

Queens University of Charlotte: Executive Leadership Institute 

Sellinger Business School: Advanced Leadership Development Program – Sellinger Business School

University of Minnesota: Leadership Development Programs

Vanderbilt: Leadership Development Program

Lynchburg: Leadership Development

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