Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison releases new leadership book

08 December 2021 Consulting.us 1 min. read
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Gary Burnison, CEO of organizational consultancy Korn Ferry, has authored his eighth book: “The Five Graces of Life and Leadership.”

The new book, which is available now, explores leadership in the new world of work and concludes that it is “only through grace that leaders will be able to lead, connect with, and truly motivate their teams in today’s evolving workscape.”

“Grace,” in the book’s usage, appears to be a “disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency,” or “a charming or attractive trait or characteristic,” as per Merriam-Webster.

The five graces identified by the book are gratitude, resilience, aspiration, courage, and empathy.

Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison releases new leadership book

“In today’s world, leadership is all about establishing community and connectivity so everyone can be part of something bigger than themselves,” Burnison said. “To have the grace to create this kind of leadership, we need greater self-awareness and genuine connection to others – particularly in this hybrid work environment where connections are increasingly more challenging to come by.”

Burnison is a bestselling author who has written seven other books on the topic of leadership and career advancement, including 2018’s “Lose the Resume, Land the Job.” He is a CNBC contributor and is regularly featured in major media.

Burnison has served as CEO of Korn Ferry since 2007, leading a global team of more than 7,500 people. The LA-headquartered firm helps companies find the right people, reward and motivate their workforce, and develop professionals.

He joined Korn Ferry in 2002 as chief financial officer and served as CFO and chief operating officer from 2003 to 2007. Before that, he was CFO of IT consultancy Guidance Solutions and a senior executive officer and director at investment bank Jefferies & Company. He began his career at KPMG in 1984, leaving the firm as a partner in 1995.