The Kinetic Leader

What is it about a leader’s personal style (the Leader Effect ) that has such a powerful impact on an organization? John Chambers (as an example for Cisco) can be said to cast a large shadow  . . . sometimes that’s good . . . sometimes not so good . . but he is unquestionably Cisco’s leader.

Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
– John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Leaders often approach their responsibilities without fully understanding the obligation accompanying their position  An entire generation has grown up approaching leadership as a “reward” for their hard work; “personal recompense” for working long hours, scratching and clawing their way to the top.  But whatever happened to the sense of duty, the honor, or the innate sense to doing what is right?  Does our system really value the “me first” leader? Or is there still room for those individuals who know, understand, and respect the noblesse oblige of leadership? (Noblesse oblige –   the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous.)

This presentation will introduce the notion of a Kinetic Leader – a different kind of leader. A leader who can plan, communicate and build consensus for change – yet who takes full account of Duty, Obligation and Responsibility.


Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D. is an accomplished, organizational leader offering more than 17 years of success spanning executive management, business development, technology innovation, and change management. He is a former CIO and COO, and his experience includes several years as director of IT Strategy & Consulting with Duke Energy, leader of the Enterprise Architecture program at Bank of America, as well as technology and strategy engagements with Fortune 500 organizations, academic institutions, and innovative fast-growth startup companies. Ken demonstrates finely tuned communication and interpersonal skills and possesses expertise in Organizational Leadership program development, implementation, operations management, policy/procedure development, project management, risk management, IT Governance, P&L, process improvement, forecasting, and strategic planning.



Nov 16 2011


8:30 am - 11:00 am

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