Great Leaders

Peter Drucker famously stated that when "management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things." Great leaders possess dazzling social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, a vision that allows them to set their sights on the things that truly merit attention. Not a bad skill set for the rest of us, either.

It is the job of leaders to develop a vision—establish what matters and articulate why—set direction, and inspire others. Recent research on the skills leaders need establishes the increasing importance of inner resources of the psyche such as self-awareness and self-mastery.

Recent posts on Leadership

A Dose of My Own Medicine

The Stress in America survey indicates that over half of Americans are stressed by the political climate. Small changes in your routine may make a big impact on overall stress.

The Dangers of Scientific Illiteracy

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Think Well
The widespread absence of scientific understanding within the population is unfortunate. But its lack among our elected leaders is downright dangerous.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and what does it mean?

Millennials, This Is Why You Haven't Been Promoted

By Caroline Beaton on April 24, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
If you’re ambitious but stuck on Level 1, here are six possible reasons. (Warning, tough love ahead.)

Build Trust and Productivity With a Simple Conversation

By Peter Bregman on April 24, 2017 in How We Work
Are your words building trust and enabling your colleagues to do their best work?

Three Reasons Why Most Motivational Speakers Are Dead Wrong

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Motivate!
Many authors and speakers tout "proven formulas" and share "motivational secrets," guaranteed to improve performance and personal growth, but do these methods help or harm?

In Defense of Organizations

Are you getting the most out of your organization? Learn how to make your organization work for you!

Why Speaking Less is the Secret to Powerful Communication

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Feeling It
In our quest to become powerful communicators, we forget about the powerful impact of shutting up and listening.

Linguistic Smoke and Mirrors in Leadership

Is it advantageous for our leaders to potentially maintain an inflated moral self-image through indirect speech?

The Future of This Nation Depends on Teachers

The future of this nation is largely in the hands of teachers at all levels. Interested in making a positive difference? Then support education as if the future depends on it.

The Passion of Anger Can Be Used in a Constructive Manner

Falling into the common trap of defining emotional intelligence much too narrowly can lead to low levels of Collaboration Essentials.

Money Management Skills for Children

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Teenage Mind
Teach your children good money management skills and spare them a lifetime of debt.

This Is the Price You'll Pay for Working for a Toxic Boss

No matter how much money you earn, working for a toxic boss isn't worth the price you'll be paying.
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Mental Health in the Workplace

Think employee recognition doesn't matter? Think again.

When You’re Tempted to Be Direct

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 07, 2017 in How To Do Life
Tactics on tact...and when to use them...or not.

Why "Good Looks" Influences Our Judgment

By Ray Williams on April 05, 2017 in Wired for Success
There’s substantial evidence to indicate we make judgments about people based on their physical attractiveness, which affect relationships, job selection and success.

How to Quickly Become More Persuasive

Are you having trouble grabbing people's attention—even for ideas you KNOW would benefit them? Here's the likely reason—and how to change it.

Kids Can't Learn Time Management Without Time to Manage

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on April 03, 2017 in Inside Education
Want students to utilize time management skills? Then stop taking away their right to access to downtime so they can put the tools they are learning into practice.

Seeking Credibility

By Victor Lipman on April 03, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
This question gnaws at the heart of Donald Trump's presidency. How will persistent issues about his truthfulness impact his ability to govern?

The Dumbing Down of America, Part 2

A stranger said a PhD didn’t mean one was knowledgeable in one’s field. It just meant a person was able to “pass some tests.”

The Psychology of Feminist Role Models in BBC's "The Fall"

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 30, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Detective Stella Gibson in the BBC-Netflix series "The Fall" helps illuminate the tough balancing act careerwomen face in earning credibility

What Do Your Words Broadcast About Trust?

You can see trust at work. You can hear it, too. The words we choose broadcast trust or distrust to those around us. What are your words saying?

Workplace Humor Has Some Unexpected Benefits

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 30, 2017 in ExperiMentations
The proper use of humor increases status, confidence and competence in the eyes of others. When humor backfires, the damage can be irreparable. New research shows us how.

Here Are the 3 Valuable Skills for Future Leadership Success

It's time to rethink what skills leaders of the future will really need to retain their relevance and human value. Here are three of them.
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Cracked Eggs Create a Crack Team

Stories shape us. Exploring the stories from your life offers undreamed insights, because when stories lie together, they grow a tangle of roots.

How to Lead Yourself and Others to Success

How to Lead Yourself and Others to Success Tips to create an inspired, productive workplace

Want Insights on Executive Psychology? Ask a Wise Old Jew

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Executive Ego
Leaders of all kinds would do well to heed what many grandfathers could tell them.
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4 Startling Reasons Why Humans Are Superior to High Tech

Concerned about being automated out of your job? The future may not be as bad for humans as you think.

Can a Country Lacking Empathy Toward Others Be Great?

Caring for others and a commitment to fairness are essential to a healthy, civil, and just society.