Going into 2021, you may feel like you are performing a balancing act. You are looking ahead and strategizing for the future, while still processing the turmoil of 2020 and taking stock of the lessons you and your organization have learned over the past year.
There’s no shortage of leadership advice on the internet, but figuring out which resources are actually valuable can feel like information overload. To help you cut through the noise, we’ve curated 10 of our favorite leadership blogs and podcasts for 2021 on leadership strategy and development.
Also, we could not talk about leadership blogs without mentioning our own blogs, the Leadership Examiner Digest and the WDHB Blog. Both blogs offer powerful stories and resources relevant to today’s leaders and organizations. We know that no matter your industry, you’ll find invaluable insights in our blogs, as well as in the 10 that we’ve highlighted below.
Here are our picks for the best leadership blogs and podcasts for 2021:
Bookmark these and refer to them often for tangible leadership lessons that you can apply immediately.
Great for timely leadership insights from executives and experts with a global focus
This robust leadership blog from INSEAD features incisive pieces on strategy, operations and management. Executives and experts from around the world regularly contribute, reflecting the business school’s global presence across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. The free, high-quality tablet and smartphone app allows for reading on the go. There is also an Arabic language edition available.
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Great for hearing a diverse range of leaders discuss the most pressing current challenges facing businesses today
British economist and journalist Evan Davis chats with business leaders and entrepreneurs in this long-running radio program from the BBC. In each weekly episode, top executives discuss and debate their top challenges.
Davis also often interviews people ‘on the ground’ — e.g., he recently spoke with a self-employed delivery driver for an episode about COVID-19 and the gig economy — to add depth and context to his high-level conversations with CEOs.
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Great for insightful interviews from a prominent leadership expert and speaker
Tanveer Naseer’s leadership blog is making a repeat appearance in our annual roundup of top leadership blogs, thanks to his consistently valuable posts on culture, mindset and personal leadership development.
Naseer, who was named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts, complements his blog with his Leadership Biz Cafe podcast. The show features in-depth discussions with CEOs and leadership experts on how they have navigated some of their greatest challenges. Within the podcast, his Leadership Espresso Shot series includes brief episodes (often 10 minutes or less) that offer quick doses of advice distilled from his keynote speaking and corporate coaching sessions.
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Great for globally-focused management and business research insights
This leadership blog from ESSEC Business School offers leadership and management insights from a global perspective. Faculty members from the school’s France and Singapore campuses often contribute to the blog, sharing their latest research on leadership, strategy, innovation and more. The internationally focused blog is available in both English and French.
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Great for gaining insights from top business leaders on navigating hot-button global issues
Fortune launched its Leadership Next podcast in March 2020, just on the brink of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by Fortune president and CEO Alan Murray and Fortune senior editor Ellen McGirt, the podcast features discussions with CEOs on change leadership, navigating upheaval and dealing with hot-button issues like racial injustice and climate change.
Leadership Next features interviews with leaders from some of the world’s largest companies, including GM, PayPal and IBM, about how they have handled the many challenges of 2020.
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Great for deep dives into modern leadership development challenges
This blog offers advice on leadership development from Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning, an affiliate of Harvard Business School. The regularly updated site curates expert insights on a range of topics, including developing more inclusive high-potential programs, cultivating trust as a leader and leading through uncertainty.
Leading the Way runs multi-part blog series under a common theme (recent series include “Leadership Imperatives for Success” and “Digital Intelligence”), allowing for deeper dives into leadership topics. While some of the posts focus specifically on COVID-19, the learnings here can also be applied more broadly.
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Great for in-depth, research-based articles on leadership and workplace trends
Gallup may be best known as a polling organization, but also specializes in management consulting. Its Workplace Insights blog serves up frequent articles on leadership and workplace trends, backed up by their own analytics. Their research-rich pieces dive into leadership topics especially relevant during the COVID-19 era, such as the correlation between manager feedback and the engagement of remote workers.
The complementary Gallup at Work newsletter offers highlights from the Workplace Insights blog on culture, manager-employee relationship development and more. It also includes perspective papers and brief videos and webinars from Gallup experts.
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Great for L&D leaders looking to drive change within their teams
Lead Change is a blog written for, and by, top leadership professionals. Their global contributor network includes CEOs, consultants, authors and other experts who offer advice on growing as a leader and driving change within your organization or team.
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Great for business and management insights from leading experts at McKinsey
McKinsey’s podcast features conversations with experts from the consulting-management firm on leadership, change management, operations and more.
The podcast is available on major platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, as well as on the McKinsey Insights app. The app allows you to curate content from McKinsey’s multiple podcasts and publications by topic and industry, and allows you to bookmark articles for offline reading.
Great for staying on top of the latest internationally focused research and analysis from Deloitte experts
The regularly updated content hub offers news articles, research, analysis and thought leadership pieces from Deloitte experts around the world. The Deloitte Insights app also allows you to personalize your content feed to focus on specific topics, such as leadership and strategy. A selection of podcasts and videos rounds out this comprehensive resource.
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We hope you enjoyed our picks for the top 10 leadership blogs and podcasts for 2021. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. Ready to thrive in 2021 and beyond? We’d love to chat about our expanded portfolio of virtual and on-location programs that are fully customizable to address challenges and opportunities specific to your team and organization. Contact us now to learn more.