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

Michelle Joy and Jody Foster

Defining the Culture of an Office

Does the moral compass of an office seem to be veering further and further off course? It's time to define what's acceptable.

How Can You Make Your Dream Job a Reality?

By Peter Bregman on June 27, 2017 in How We Work
Do you have a dream you’ve been waiting to make good on? Bernie Roth lays out his formula for following through on your most ambitious goals and dreams.

David and Goliath: When Sports Inspire National Pride

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
When a small country beats a massive country in sport, we can all take inspiration from that.

Change Management and Transformational Leadership Synergy

How to use transformational leadership to manage change.
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Seven Reasons to Be Proud to Be an Introvert

In a culture that rewards extroversion, where does that leave introverts?

12 Things to Know About Trust in Times of Distrust

Operating in an era of distrust requires greater trust-knowledge. Here are 12 dos and don'ts about trust at work in this age of increasing cynicism.

The Psychology of Selfies

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new study shows how people adjust the camera angle of their selfies to manage the impression they want to make on other persons.

Where Have All Our Values Gone?

America's progressive values, long a beacon of light the world over, are in danger of deteriorating as selfishness and incivility are prominent in public discourse and behavior.

Andrew Weil: Coincidences in an Amazing Life

Coincidences in the professional life of a major contributor to the advancement of medicine.
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Hypnotherapy and Its Benefits for Autoimmune Disease

How you too can manage pain without medication and use hypnotherapy to manage many Autoimmune Disease symptoms.

Ford Motors Makes an Inventive Leadership Choice

By James Bailey Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in At the Helm
From office furniture to automobiles? New Ford CEO Jim Hackett has what it takes.

Are You As Effective As You Think You Are?

Are you as effective as you think you are? How do you know? A well-respected leader learns that she can be even more effective.

What Is Leadership Presence and How Can It Be Developed?

By Peter Bregman on June 19, 2017 in How We Work
What is leadership presence and how can it be developed? Lisa also turns the tables and interviews me for my take on my best insights on how to develop leadership presence.

Innovation Handmaids

By Moses Ma on June 18, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
What can The Handmaid's Tale teach us about technology innovation?

Sins of the Mothers: Perpetuating Older Feminine Stereotypes

Sometimes it's the little things that count when trying to change things up for future generations of girls.

Are Men Threatened by High-Achieving Women?

What is it about some men that they are so easily threatened by powerful women?

Did Your Father's Advice Shape Your Life?

Even if most fathers mean well, their advice needs a context.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Your Life

By Ray Williams on June 16, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are on the verge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another unlike anything we've experienced before.

Why Are There So Many Narcissists?

We encounter them every day. They may be our boss, a potential dating partner, or a coworker. Is narcissism on the rise?

Learning Is a Key Component in Increasing Confidence

Empowering female artisans abroad increases confidence and decreases anxiety.

When Coaching, Not Talent, Wins

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Executive Ego
The Warriors' win holds lessons for every executive, basketball fan or not.

How Do You Turn Around a Company Suffering a Major Loss?

By Peter Bregman on June 12, 2017 in How We Work
Discover Brian’s formula for meetings that dig deep, what should be more important than talent in your appointment process, and how he eliminated tension between product & sales.
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Motivating Others? Embrace This Hack to Ignite Performance!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Motivate!
Regardless of whether you are running a household, a small business, or a huge company, this Motivation Hack will make the difference between leadership success and failure!
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A State of Organizational Grace

By James Bailey Ph.D. on June 11, 2017 in At the Helm
The two most difficult sentences to utter are "I am sorry" and "You are forgiven."

What Perks and Benefits Do Employees Want Most?

By Victor Lipman on June 10, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
A new survey on summer perks and benefits finds significant mismatches between employee desires and company offerings.

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out, Part 2

Adam S. McHugh, author of "The Listening Life," shares insights about how to listen deeply to yourself, including a refreshing way to manage negative self-talk.

The 11 Commandments of Criticism

Criticism is a crucial skill, but most of us are fearful of giving it and inept when we do. Here is how to make yourself a productive critic.

When a Manager Becomes a Leader

When a manager becomes a leader: how to use people skills to lead others to success.

Is Your Company’s Diversity Training Making You More Biased?

By David Rock on June 07, 2017 in Your Brain at Work
Corporate inclusion programs often create an "us versus them" mindset. But establishing shared goals can help get teams on track.

Ariana Grande, I Wish You Were Our President!

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Turning Point
After an attack at the end of her concerts in Manchester, Ariana Grande chose to respond with compassion and courage, showing the quality of authentic leadership, needed today.