Le Storti HSATM 2009

The Core Challenge of Leadership: Leading For and Through Change 

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Anthony J. Le Storti
President, IDEATECTS

The concept of "change leadership" is redundant.  At its heart, leadership is all about change and how to negotiate it successfully.  Accordingly, the greater the scale of change facing an organization, the greater is the challenge to leadership.  And it is at the more demanding levels of change that many previously successful leaders falter.  Too often they use decision processes that do not apply in current circumstances.  They do not fully grasp how comprehensive their change efforts must be.  They fall prey to a "logic" that dooms their efforts.  And, they engage in concrete strategic planning when they would be better served by fluid "strategic thinking."

  • Levels of change and uncertainty
  • Comprehending the "predictable unpredictability" of organizational and technology strategy
  • The foolishness of plans -- and the immense importance of planning
  • Strategy pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • The necessary fusion of operational execution and action learning


Anthony J. Le Storti is President of IDEATECTS® Inc., a firm specializing in innovation, leadership, and the dynamics of human systems.  His work focuses especially on problem solving, decision-making, and strategic thinking.  His clients range from Fortune 500 corporations to educational and non-profit organizations.  He founded and directed the Center for Creative Studies at Gwynedd-Mercy College and has taught graduate courses at La Salle, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania.  He has published numerous articles on a range of topics including invention/discovery, innovation, conflict resolution, and decision-making. 

Le Storti is a Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation and a recipient of the American Creativity Association's Champion of Creativity Award.  A former special operations officer decorated for his combat command skills, Le Storti transformed the knowledge gained from his military experience into a powerful book, When You're Asked to Do the Impossible, setting out the principles and methods of U.S. Army Rangers for use by civilian teams and organizations operating under extremely challenging circumstances.  

Le Storti holds degrees from La Salle and Temple and Executive Certificates in strategy & innovation and management & leadership from MIT.  He can be reached at [email protected].