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

Rising Toxic Masculinity and Authoritarianism in America

By Ray Williams on August 17, 2017 in Wired for Success
Toxic masculinity, authoritarianism, and the militarization of America threaten the foundations of democracy.

Will Trump's Twitter Feed Have Unexpected Boomerang Effects?

By Christopher Bergland on August 15, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Will President Trump's latest Tweets directed at American CEOs result in unexpected outcomes? The theory of psychological reactance helps to explain some of the dynamics at play.

Can Rest Make Us More Productive?

By Peter Bregman on August 14, 2017 in How We Work
Discover why even an hour of rest a week can increase your productivity and Marilyn’s principles for establishing a rest routine that works.
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Why Some Grown Women Sound Like Girls

By Deborah Grayson Riegel MSW on August 13, 2017 in Speak Easy
Up-speak, breathiness and sing-songy voices are costing women their professional credibility. Here's why.

Why Leaders With a Moral Purpose Have More Engaged Workers

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in The New Resilience
A sense of purpose underlies what we go after, or pass by; and affects the consequences of both. A new study shows how a moral vision of leaders leads to more productive workers.

How Facing Nuclear Destruction Could Make Us Wiser.

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 11, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We are apparently in a nuclear standoff. Do we find ourselves here again because we can't cope with death anxiety? Terror management theory informs the discussion.

Even Psychologists Need Help with Civility Guidelines

APA's efforts to improve civility might become a best practice that other groups could benefit from. Time will tell but hopefully, psychologists are onto something here.
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Why Should I Pay For Anyone Else's Health Care?

Ignoring the power of chance is poor, painful policy.
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Be(lie)ve It or Not: Part Two

What are the connection among Star Wars, belief, mythology, and Peter Pan?

Petition Declaring Trump Mentally Ill Pushes for Signers

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on August 07, 2017 in Me Before We
Group gathers nearly 60,000 psychologist signatures calling for removing Donald Trump from office due to "serious mental illness."

Be a Superconnector—not a Networker

By Peter Bregman on August 07, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the three ways you can show love in the professional world, the rules for smart giving so you aren't taken advantage of, and how to be a superconnector—not a networker.

How Smart Should a Leader Be?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Is it possible for a leader to be too smart? New research suggests that the link between intelligence and perceived leadership may be more complicated than you might think.

Beware of the Power Elite in Society

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The late, visionary sociologist C. Wright Mills warned that acts of elite deviance that cause social or criminal harm are part of the “higher immorality of the power elite.”

Teaching General Psychology with a Larger Purpose

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Head Strong
At the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), general psychology is required for all cadets, and is essential in their development as leaders.

The "Black Swan" in Hiring

The black swan for hiring managers.

The Single Most Important Work Relationship

By Victor Lipman on August 01, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
Good work alone often isn't enough for advancement. An insightful business book, Decoding the Workplace, examines the dynamics underlying employee-manager interactions.

How To Grow Your Career With Powerful Mentorships

By Peter Bregman on July 31, 2017 in How We Work
Discover why logistics are irrelevant, the wisdom behind the mentor model, and the difference between essence and form.

15 Ways We Derail Trust at Work

How mindful are you when it comes to your personal impact on trust at work? Are you contributing to the derailment of trust without even knowing it? Find out.
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Leadership Benefits of Synchronicity Awareness

Meaningful coincidences can inform leadership decisions in highly useful ways. Philip Merry discusses how openness to using them helps develop opportunities for synchronicity.

Online Learning: A Tour de Force for Enrollment Management

Enrollment Management tip: Online courses and programs can make the difference. Online courses can be a tour de force for making up losses due to enrollment declines. Must Read!
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Camp, Interrupted

Indeed, my season at camp had been interrupted halfway to the finish line. I was aggrieved.

Gimme Shelter: Soaked by Organizational Change

By James Bailey Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in At the Helm
Where you stand when times are turbulent determines where you are when times calm.

Management Insights From The Former CEO of a $1B Company

By Peter Bregman on July 24, 2017 in How We Work
Learn how Don rebuilt FEI's leadership team to put the company first, and how to rollout strategy changes that hold people accountable.

Change Is Your Natural State of Being

There is a difference between making change and allowing change. Humans are habitual beings who do not like to feel forced into new patterns and behaviors.

Moving Up Life's Ladder

If you want to improve your work situation, there is no time like the present. Maybe you want more hours; maybe you want fewer. Perhaps money is an issue, or you want a promotion.

She's Such a Kind, Malicious Narcissist

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Executive Ego
There's a paradoxical form of narcissism that involves compulsive giving. Essentially it's a way of bribing people into attachment.

Perfect Suicide?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about hubris, a future president, and nuclear war.

The Truth About How to Develop Robust Resilience

It is one thing to be individually resilient. But if you want to sustain successful business relationships in the heat of change, you need to see resilience as social.

Avoiding Political Precommitment

Warning! Your worldview may be undermining reason-based decision-making. This article can help you steer clear of that problem.

What's With the Emerging Gender Gap in Social Psychology?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Are you concerned about the gender gap in scientific fields, because such gaps reflect discrimination? Then you might want to consider this.