According to this article, top-performing companies can be characterized by corporate cultures that are flexible, adaptive, participative and innovative. They achieve these attributes through the leadership behavior of their executives and through the development of effective corporate structure and operational systems. The bulk of this article is devoted to an examination of leadership behavior, including the need of corporate leaders to excel in managing paradoxes, leading change, developing participative leadership and leading by example.

Advice is given on how CEO’s can encourage their leaders to develop their skills in these areas, including how “to understand (and use) the five keys to managing change.” The article also includes corporate structure and operational system goals.

Source: Healthcare Executive (Chicago); March/April, 2008, v23 i2 p74

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