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David Ringwood & Dr Maria Vasquez Brown

Leading on the edge: new research insights on coaching leaders in an increasingly complex and ambiguous world

Theme: Context
Area: Coaching
Type: Research (completed)

Session on Thursday, Jun 15th, 13:50
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Expectations of leaders continue to grow and accelerate. In addition to managing effectively and delivering results, leaders are now expected to coach, build engagement and navigate through complexity and ambiguity, all while staying grounded and focused. Based on the results of a new research study of over 2000 leaders around the world, we’ll explore the specific approaches that distinguish leaders who can ride this next wave of leadership from those who cannot.

Learning Objectives
• Apply three or more research insights about leadership behaviors that support effectiveness in a VUCA environment in their consulting practice.
• Apply three or more research insights about leadership behaviors that support effectiveness in coaching and employee engagement in their consulting practices.
• Apply three or more research insights about leadership behaviors that support effective self awareness and authenticity in their consulting practices.


David Ringwood is Vice President of Client Development for the EMEA Region, Management Research Group. Management Research Group (MRG) is a leading global firm of psychometricians, with nearly 35 years of experience developing expert psychometric tools that provide deep insights into the drivers that motivate us and how they manifest at a behavioural level. David joined MRG in 2006 as Vice President of Client Development for the EMEA region, working with clients in all aspects of licensing, business development, consulting support and assessment application. He began his career in investment banking with JP Morgan back in the late 1980s, then moved into professional services and consulting. He has worked with organizations such as Korn/Ferry International and Mercer HR Consulting and has lived in Ireland, UK, Eastern Europe and Asia/Pacific. His academic interests and research degrees are in the area of Cognitive Linguistics, specifically in relation to psychometric scale interval accuracy and the conceptual precision of scale anchors. David is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and is Past President of the Institute of Business Analysis & Consulting. He works extensively as an expert coach with clients internationally and speaks widely on topics relating to leadership and motivation.

Dr Maria Vazquez Brown is Head of Research, Management Research Group. Maria leads the research function at Management Research Group, providing empirically-based insights into key themes in leadership such as gender, generational and cultural differences, leadership effectiveness across industries and functions, and many similar topics of importance. Maria joined MRG from the Department of Psychology at Murray State University, where she worked as an Assistant Professor in Psychology. She earned her PhD in Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2012 and brings a strong track record in teaching and research.