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, 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

Explaining Americans' Reluctance to Accept Syrian Refugees

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Presence of Mind
The Syrian conflict has created the biggest humanitarian crisis since WWII yet over fifty percent of Americans oppose Syrian resettlement in the United States. Terror management theory, the principle of moral exclusion, and the study of prosocial behavior help explain why.

The Qualities of Leaders

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 Naturally Selected
What makes a good leader? The way leaders are chosen and how they lead may not be so different between humans and others in the animal world. This is important to consider when we make decisions about our political leaders.

Small Oversights Can Cause Big Management Problems

Small business owners and managers are especially prone to being overwhelmed by details. And yes, the devil really is in the details on many occasions. But not scheduling time for some strategic thinking can be an even bigger mistake.

Why Resilient Leaders Need To Embrace Gratitude

Does gratitude play a role in resilient leadership? A growing body of research offers surprising insights.

5 Reasons Bad Guys Always Seem to Win (and How to Stop Them)

There are specific psychological reasons why bad people are able to exploit others to their advantage, and part of the problem is our tolerance for bad behavior, and an unwillingness to intervene. There is more that we can do to stop the bad and promote the good.

The Imposter Syndrome in Progressive Leaders

Progressive political leaders have a special version of the Imposter Syndrome, a set of beliefs in public leaders that they don't deserve the power and authority that they actually have. For progressives, this often stems from a guilty over-identification with the underdog. They react my diminishing their power and status to their own detriment and that of their movement

Student Protests and Omnipotent Control

By Carrie Barron M.D. on November 19, 2015 The Creativity Cure
College student protests, anger, power and tearing down the holding environment.

New Employee Survey Underscores the Value of Feeling Valued

By Victor Lipman on November 18, 2015 Mind of the Manager
A new survey shows how few employees feel valued at work and see meaningful advancement opportunities — and why this matters for retention.

One Key to Effective Management: Plain Old Common Sense

By Victor Lipman on November 17, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Most people like to be treated the way you like to be treated. Why wouldn't they?

The Nature of Criticism

Did you know that few things are as good natured as criticism?

A Boss Intoxicated By The Sound Of His Own Voice

An Executive Coach deals with a nasty, condescending leader exhibiting a psychopathology that turns viral and infects the organization. The CEO and Executive Board are resistant and in denial until employee grievances and negative posts on social media threaten the company brand. Diagnosis reveals that the CEO's ADHD & Intermittent Explosive Disorder goes companywide.

Holistic Learning: Operating From a Sense of Insecurity

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 Jacob's Staff
Why are the tools and methods that worked so well in the 20th Century so ineffective in the 21st Century? How clearly do we understand the world we live in today as being different from (or similar to) previous ones? How can we respond effectively to challenges that are overwhelming, unclear and rapidly changing? What do we need to be learning?

Voters Versus Terrorists: Who's Winning?

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 Caveman Politics
While our hearts ache for the victims of this latest revolting episode of the inhumanity to which some will go to gain power over others, it is important to step back and note that the terrorists don’t always win.

The Paris Attack and the Power of Destructive Beliefs

You can control what people feel and do by controlling their beliefs. Is that ISIS’s secret weapon?

What I'm Reading Now

One of the main reasons I read outside my own narrow areas of individual expertise is to see whether I can reach over the intellectual fences demarcating professional fields and harvest something useful.

Be the Best Interruption Manager in Your Company

Let us show you how to become the Master/Mistress of Interruptions at Work

This Could Be the Way to Get People to Appreciate You

Do you ever feel that people don’t appreciate what you do? Whether at work or in your personal life, you may feel that your efforts justify more recognition than you’re getting. Turn your resentment into positive results with this simple tip.

Why 'More Research Needed' May Be a Concussion Cop Out

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on November 06, 2015 Brain Trauma
People may dismiss concussions as the great unknown, based how many times this phrase comes up. The fact is, we do know a lot, and need to leverage what we know into advanced tools, practical protocols and efforts for concussion management.

Is Holiday Stress Creeping Up on You?

Holiday stress can make the holidays seem like torture rather than pleasure. Use integrative therapies and mindful activities to reduce the stress that holidays can bring.

The Real Reason to Care About Employee Engagement

By Victor Lipman on November 04, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Mindset matters. Attitude is a difference maker. It's not about sensitivity. It's about productivity.

The Evolutionary Psychology of “Above and Beyond”

Some people shoot for meeting minimal standards in life. Others go above and beyond. In my job as a college professor, I get to help bright young minds learn the value of going above and beyond — and, without question, such an approach to all aspects of life has special rewards.

Change Values, Decrease Stress

By Carrie Barron M.D. on November 02, 2015 The Creativity Cure
If we reduce stress, we reduce psychological and physical illness. It is both intuitive and now scientifically shown. A change in cultural values can start with leaders creating healthy work cultures or with grassroots initiatives. Either way, awareness begets change.

Do Professional Sports Reflect Modern American Whining?

By Stanton Peele on November 02, 2015 Addiction in Society
Are sports stars and their management reflecting a culture-wide loss of authority?

All Aboard the LeaderShip

By Alfie Kohn on October 31, 2015 The Homework Myth
A declaration that we should train students to be "leaders" is either a way of saying they should be in charge of everyone else (which is disturbing) or a way of saying nothing at all (because words apparently can be defined to mean whatever we choose)

Why CEOs Are Committed to Diversity Management

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on October 30, 2015 Diverse and Competitive
Is there more to it than a business case?

Stress: The Whole Truth

Take it easy, breathe, relax, meditate—conventional advice that assumes that stress is something to relieve. But this is not the whole story. Some stress contains messages that need to be heard; some stress embodies energy that we need to live; and some tensions simply won't be relieved by conventional notions and strategies. Want to find out more?

Overcoming the Loneliness of Leadership

By Bill George on October 30, 2015 What Is Your True North?
How can you overcome loneliness? The answer lies in the psychology of a support group.

#ThisPsychMajor Answers Candidate's Claim We Work Fast Food

After presidential candidate Jeb Bush said universities need to caution students who choose "that psych major deal" that "you’re going to be working a Chick-fil-A," psychology majors took to social media (especially Twitter) in reaction. The #ThisPsychMajor responses keep coming. The message: Do not belittle degrees in liberal arts or employment in service occupations.

Constraints Are a Beautiful Thing—Here's Why

By Gregory Ciotti on October 28, 2015 Habits, Not Hacks
The hidden beauty of constraints.

Five Reasons People Abuse their Partners

Why do some people abuse their partners? The answers will surprise you. A therapist who runs a treatment program for abusive partners writes about why many people behave abusively in their intimate relationships.