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.

Recent posts on Leadership

Art Thinking or The Importance of Inventing Point B

By Tim Leberecht on July 25, 2016 in The Romance of Work
Business is too important to be left to business people. What if companies thought and acted more like artists?

5 Steps to Great Leadership

You might be surprised by which qualities the truly great leaders possess.

What's Wrong in America?

If you are frustrated or angry with what you see wrong in America, you could be part of the solution by simply changing your frame of mind. Learn how.

Who Supports Donald Trump?

By Ryne A. Sherman Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in The Situation Lab
What makes Donald Trump supporters tick? Evidence from the science of personality can tell us.

What Is the Best Path Forward After Terrorism?

Our mind makes intuitive mistakes about how to deal with terrorism in the best manner. This article uses insights from neuroscience to show the best path to deal with terrorism.

What College Graduates Need to Do First—and Other Lessons

By Sydney Finkelstein Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Superbosses
What do college kids need to do to get a great job? What do great leaders do that other leaders don't? Let's ask someone with answers: Muhlenberg College President John Williams.

Why Every Leader Should Understand Narrative Psychology

What does narrative psychology have to do with being an impactful leader? The answer might surprise you.

The Great Underwear Disruption

Struggling to spot your next opportunity? Tips from an entrepreneur who disrupted the underwear market!

Feeling a Fraud? It's Not Your Fault!

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Trust
What if a toxic workplace environment is making you feel like an imposter?

Career Question: "How Can I Get into Management?"

By Victor Lipman on July 18, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A frustrated reader would like a faster career track. Following is practical counsel for anyone seeking a management role.

More on the Pregnant Cancer Patient: To Terminate or No

The decision to terminate or not is the sole property of the mother, but with steady leadership of her oncologist. Personal moral codes juxtaposed to survival instincts are at play

The Most Inspiring Book I've Read

Want to be blown away by a tale you should already know but likely don't, about brilliant characters who should be as famous as Einstein, but aren't well-known? Read this book.

The Four Behaviors of Next-Level Leadership

What pushes people beyond functional mastery toward true leadership? These four behaviors explain what separates managers from leaders.

The Psychology of the Political Coup

One perhaps surprising yet key implication of this research is that elections have the potential to be a force for instability and change, rather than a tool of stabilization.

Paving the Way to Starting a Business

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in How To Do Life
A corporate employee wants to knowledge-up. How?

Positive Education 2.0

The next step for positive education is greater focus on strategy and professional 'practice.'

Selecting a President

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in A Sideways View
How would you do a job analysis of the office of the President? What traits are basic requirements? What should you look for regarding dark-side traits that you don't want?

5 Reasons We Follow Bad Leaders

Here are some of the psychological reasons that we choose and follow bad leaders.

Vetting the Veep: Image Enhancement or Instrument of Attack

Presidential running mate selection involves a courtship designed to facilitate a marriage of convenience—where the Vice President-to-be has several very important roles.

Go Somewhere New

By Russ Gerber on July 09, 2016 in Our Health
Progress, or push-back?

Do Female Presidents or Prime Ministers Make Any Difference?

...if the percentage of women in the legislature increases by 5 per cent, a state is nearly five times less likely to use violence internationally.

Shouldn't All Leadership Be "Authentic"?

By Victor Lipman on July 08, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
We hear a lot about the benefits of "authentic" leadership these days. But what are the reasonable choices? Should we advocate inauthentic leadership? Or dishonest leadership?

Why Is There Hardly Any Purpose, Trust or Joy at Work?

By Dan Pontefract on July 08, 2016 in Working on Purpose
If we want employees to find purpose in their place of work and to be both thriving and innovative, we need to change a few things within the leadership ranks.

8 Traits of Toxic Leadership to Avoid

By Jean Kim M.D. on July 06, 2016 in Culture Shrink
Workplace emotional health depends heavily on leadership. These are 8 bad boss behaviors to watch out for that can lead to stress in the workplace.

Principled Leadership and the Metro Turn Around

What does SafeTrack say about Metro's new leadership? More than you may think.

The Six Steps to Sacred Citizenship

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on July 05, 2016 in Finding Love
According to Stephen Dinan, author of the Sacred America, there are six steps each of us can take that create world-change and personal joy. Here are those six steps:

The Global Declaration of Interdependence

Unless the world finds a way to pull together, it will pull apart.

Toward a Photo Finish: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Votes

A picture is worth a thousand votes. Candidate photos are an integral part of elections because viewers are voters. When casting their ballot, citizens both look and listen.

Founder's Mentality

How do you manage growth without destroying greatness?

One Motivational Technique Really Works (And It's Easy!)

A massive new study has pinpointed the most effective motivational technique for improving performance—and it’s incredibly easy.