Great Leaders

As leadership expert Warren Bennis once stated, "leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." 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

Killing Your Performance Rankings? How to Ensure Success

By David Rock on October 19, 2017 in Your Brain at Work
Want to kill your performance rankings? These tips, rooted in neuroscience, can help you do it the right way.

How Do Leaders Deal With Disruption? Make New Maps

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Struggling to keep pace with the speed of change? By reframing our worlds, we can lead change instead.
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Recovering from an "Act of Pure Evil"

After the unthinkable happens, how do we get our lives back together?

Are You Confusing Comfort With Happiness?

By Peter Bregman on October 16, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the four pillars of meaning, why our culture has an obsession with happiness, and why happiness can’t be pursued.
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Questing for Economic Utopia, Part 2

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Worried that we're all serving the economy instead of the other way around? You're right, and here's how to flip that logic.

Dominance, Individual Personality, and Leadership in Dogs

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Research on dogs shows group decisions are strongly influenced by the dominance rank and unique personality of leader individuals and the underlying hierarchical social network.

Can Specific Rituals Before An Event Impact Our Performance?

By Peter Bregman on October 09, 2017 in How We Work
Find out how you can manipulate your environment to reduce anxiety, use mental visualizations to increase your confidence, and choose songs that get you in “the zone.”

The Majority of People Are Not Introverts or Extroverts

By Caroline Beaton on October 06, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Introverts and extroverts do exist, but they're exceptions and at a disadvantage.

What Attributes Are Key to a Successful Leadership?

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Innovation You
Leaders need to know where they have strengths and where they don’t.

Is President Trump Mentally Healthy? The Pros Weigh In

Recently many leading mental health professionals have argued that the duty to warn provision (excuse the pun) "trumps" the longstanding Goldwater Rule when it comes to Mr. Trump.

3 Essential Secrets to Writing & Selling a Popular Book

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Feeling It
Everyone has a book in them - but not everyone knows how to get it out. We have misconceptions about what it takes. Here are 3 essential secrets to making it happen.

We Are Programmed for Gluttony and Weight Gain

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Beastly Behavior
The key to understanding our struggles with healthy weight management lies in our evolutionary past.

How To Design Your Best Future

By Peter Bregman on October 03, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the five design mindsets, how to make decisions in the face of uncertainty, and whether you should work through or around your problems.

Good Ways to Deal with Bad Bosses

By Victor Lipman on October 02, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
A bad boss can make a good job a misery. Here are five constructive ways to help your career by "managing your own management."

The Good Leader

By Carrie Barron M.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
What makes a good leader? Understanding why you may have a subpar feeing about work.
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Are You Conflict Avoidant or Conflict Seeking?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 01, 2017 in Off the Couch
Learning to manage conflict is extremely important in every area of life. But what's the best approach to conflict management?

Why Would Anyone Run For Office? It’s In Their Genes?

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on October 01, 2017 in Caveman Politics
For the life of me I’ve never understood why someone would want to run for office. This may help explain it.

Equifax: Lessons for Board Directors and CEOs

Do You Serve on Boards, Report to Boards, or Work with Boards? You will find this article of value.

What Resilient Lawyers Do Differently

In order to be an impactful lawyer and an effective leader in this era of continuous change, resilience must be part of your toolkit.

Want to Be a Therapist? 5 Signs You’d Be Great at It

Do you have these five personality traits?

5 Guidelines to Identify Those You Shouldn't Trust at Work

How do you know if you should trust a coworker or a colleague? These five simple guidelines can help you decide.

6 Terms that Summarize Generation Z’s Mindset

By Tim Elmore on September 28, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
Struggling to understand and connect with today's kids and young adults? These six terms will help you learn how to best lead them, given their mindset and circumstances.

45’s NFL Comments: A New Low for the American Presidency

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 26, 2017 in Intersections
Is the President's twitter habit wearing you out? Why his latest tirade, which he says isn't about race, really is.
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The Overextended Introvert: Handle With Care

By Sophia Dembling on September 26, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Sometimes when life hands you too much to do, you have to just hunker down and get it done, even when it stretches you thin.

What Is The Secret To Building A World-Class Team?

By Peter Bregman on September 25, 2017 in How We Work
Learn how to spot and develop potential captains on your team, why real leaders aren’t always the ones giving locker room speeches, and the benefits of strong middle-management.

Adam Grant on Leadership

By Isaac Lidsky on September 25, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
See through “delusions of certainty,” encourage and reward givers, and foster accountability for your motivations.

Anxiety Is a Leadership Tool

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on September 24, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Since leaders use anxiety as a tool to motivate and control their followers, train yourself to recognize anxiety cues.
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Common Career Traps of High Performers

By Sara Canaday on September 19, 2017 in You (According to Them)
If you are a top performer (or a leader who manages one), it’s important to know the common career traps that may be draining confidence and diminishing a sense of achievement.

Myths and Truths About Successful CEOs

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2017 in Wired for Success
Myths about what constitutes successful CEOs in America persist—reinforced by the media, corporate boards and some business experts.