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

How to Speak Up and Take a Stand

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on December 03, 2016 in Wander Woman
The suggestions in this post will help you be heard when it is time to declare your point of view.

Can the New President-Elect Be a Wise and Mindful Leader?

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in The Wise Open Mind
With the turmoil since the presidential election it is time to consider if the new president-elect has the wise and mindful leadership qualities to bring our nation together.

Science Is Not Just a Matter of Opinion

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 02, 2016 in Saving Normal
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion facts"

Giving or Taking Criticism: Stay Cool, Calm, and Collected

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in Thicken Your Skin
Can you stay calm when giving criticism? Can you hear criticism without feeling your heart zoom?

Nonverbal Communication and Strategic Flexibility

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Strategic flexibility means expanding your nonverbal communication repertoire to use the best skill available for a particular situation.

Power Imbalance During Divorce

Divorce may lead parents to forfeit their leadership roles and empower children inappropriately for their age, resulting in damaging consequences.

Along With Rights Come Responsibilities

A great many conflicts and issues stem from the irresponsible exercise of our rights.

Why Artificial Intelligence Will Replace Managers

By Ray Williams on November 24, 2016 in Wired for Success
Artificial intelligence (AI) will replace many blue-collar and white-collar jobs. It may also have a big impact on all levels of management, right up to the C-suite.

"Post-Truths" Trump Facts, Affect Trumps Reason

By Saul Levine M.D. on November 23, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
The divisive presidential election showed how divided Americans are, how powerful emotions like fear and anger can overwhelm reason, and "post-truths" can blind people to facts.

How to Bring People Together When Events Push Them Apart

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on November 22, 2016 in Wander Woman
Steps for bringing people together at work or at home when emotions are strong and divisive.

When Democracy Fails

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Out of the Darkness
It’s time we had psychological checks on power, in addition to constitutional checks.

The Machiavellian Boss

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in A Sideways View
How do we define and understand the Machiavellian approach to life? Is it a personality trait or a belief system? What does psychology have to say about this 500-year-old concept?

How Terrified Should You Be of Donald Trump, Really?

Think Donald Trump's anti-science attitudes don't present a true threat to your health and security? Think again.

Can You Be Vulnerable at Work?

By Megan Dalla-Camina on November 16, 2016 in Real Women
Is there a place for vulnerability in the workplace? A discussion on what it means to be an authentic leader.

5 Practical Tips to Help Managers Manage Stress

By Victor Lipman on November 15, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Stress can easily undermine effective management, but it doesn't have to. These five workplace tactics can make a positive difference.

Did Hillary Clinton Fall Victim to the Queen Bee Effect?

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Naturally Selected
Why are women leaders not getting the top jobs in politics and business? The Queen Bee syndrome offers an explanation. Finding solutions is important for high potential women.

What Leaders Can Gain From Ideas of Mental Health Counseling

Despite plenty of research about core characteristics of competent leadership, few realize how leadership can benefit from learning the rules of mental health counseling.

Shame Management and the Trump Supporter

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in Shame
Many white working class voters who feel likes "losers" supported Trump because he promised to restore middle-class jobs that provided a sense of "basic human dignity."

Bridging Our National Divide Demands Empathy and Compassion

Bridging divides requires humanizing "the other" by discovering our shared humanity in spite of our different lived experiences.

The Relationship That Can Make Your Career

By Megan Dalla-Camina on November 10, 2016 in Real Women
Do you know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor? Here's why having a sponsor is key to career success.

The Rise of Daily Fantasy Sports

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in In Excess
Fantasy sports have changed dramatically over the last few years and now include daily versions where people pay to play. But is it a form of gambling or a game of skill—or both?

The Rise (And Demise) of Financial Narcissism

Whether we like it or not, we are at a high point of Financial Narcissism, a psychological mindset in which Self-Worth = Financial-Worth

In These Turbulent, Divided Times, Lead With Beauty

By Tim Leberecht on November 07, 2016 in The Romance of Work
In an age of machine-driven efficiency, we humans must nurture our unique ability to lead and work beautifully.

Why We Select Toxic Leaders

By David Rock on November 07, 2016 in Your Brain at Work
Humans evolved in social hierarchies, and as a result we have significant cognitive resources devoted to identifying and then empowering potential leaders.

Can You Create Positive Changes From the Bottom Up?

Do you lack the authority to create the kind of positive changes you’d love to see in your workplace?

The Myth of the Irrational Voter

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Are we doomed to irrationality in our voting? Recent research suggests that's a myth! We can vote rationally if we follow the steps outlined in this article.

What Kind of Boss is Donald Trump?

There has been well over a century of research seeking to identify the qualities and behaviors of exemplary managers and leaders. How does Donald Trump compare?

A Great American Gender Bender? US Election 2016

By Dinesh Sharma Ph.D. on November 05, 2016 in Leaders in the Making
The widest gender gap in American elections, where majority of women may be voting for the Democratic ticket and majority men for the Republican ticket?

He's Not Iron Man and She's Not Wonder Woman

By Dara Greenwood Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in Mirror, Mirror
Viewing Trump and Clinton through the lens of popular culture may be tempting but dangerous.