All About Leadership

Peter Drucker famously stated that "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

Serving Your Self-Interest For Good

By Kathy Cramer Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Lead Positive
Find out from renowned women's success coach why navigating the politics of an organization is critical to getting promoted.

5 Strategies to Reduce Gender Bias Against Girls As Leaders

These 5 stategies for reducing gender bias were recently developed by researchers at Harvard University. These 5 easy tips have the potential to close the gender gap in leadership for teenage girls in the future.

Why Do We Love Humble Leaders But Promote Narcissistic Ones?

By Ray Williams on July 28, 2015 in Wired for Success
Americans are obsessed with narcissistic leaders, or at least they have an ambivalence between the ones they like and the ones they promote.

Developing Time Management Skills

When life gets busy, things pile up. Time management is not about having all of those things done; it’s about having enough time for what matters most to you. By managing your time in a more efficient way, not only will you the right things done, but you’ll also have enough time to relax, de-stress and breathe more freely.

The Problem with a Trust-But-Verify Approach

As a leader, do you know when to use a "trust, but verify" approach at work, and when not to? Are you making a common mistake about trust? Find out; plus explore five practices effective leaders use to build trust.

Millennials: How Gen Y Will Lead Us Into the Future

By Ray Williams on July 24, 2015 in Wired for Success
The next generation of leaders, Gen Y or Millennials, have vastly different expectations for leaders and how they want to be trained as future leaders.

Are You a Giver or a Taker?

Think you are a Giver? There's something to watch out for that could turn you into a Taker.

The ‘Magic Potion’ of Team Chemistry

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in Team Spirit
Different mixes for different teams? Research suggests that what’s good for chemistry in management teams might not be true for teams in other types of work.

Politics Or Performance?

As we enter organizations, we each face a simple choice: Do we primarily play politics, or do we try daily to perform at our best? Why do we often choose to play politics? Because the politics of the organization often appear to dictate who is hired, promoted and rewarded, and so playing politics seems to be our best chance to control our plight...

Who’s an Example of Introverted Leadership?

Bestselling author Susan Cain provides a stunning example of introverted leadership--and it's not Gandhi or Rosa Parks.

Personal Intelligence: Are You Using Yours?

You've heard a lot about emotional intelligence. Now there's a new kid on the block.

Releasing Greatness

Since our modern society is fueled by innovation, leaders are needed in every field to develop ingenious, out-of-box thinking not just in themselves – more importantly in their people. Creating environment that release greatness in others is quickly becoming the most important challenge of the 21st century and one that will pay off for generations to come.

The Higher You Climb, the Less You Control

By Lybi Ma on July 15, 2015 in Brainstorm
How does a leader achieve his best results?

Is Your Team Effective?

What scientists helping NASA prepare for a Mars Mission can tell you about running an effective team - whether a workgroup, a Girls' Scouts troupe, or a family.

Torture, APA, and the Hoffman Report: What Now?

What can the APA do to rectify the shameful legacy of psychology’s collusion?

The Human Side of Change

By Joseph Grenny on July 13, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
When leaders continue to pay attention to how they handle both crucial conversations and crucial accountability discussions, they enjoy significant and lasting change.

How Asking Tough Questions Could Save Your Career

By Hal Gregersen on July 13, 2015 in The Curiosity Deficit
Had Kodak’s leaders ratcheted up their discomfort level by asking more challenging questions from others, it may well have sustained its legacy as a key industry player.

Why Some People Would Prefer a Robot to a Human Boss

By Ray Williams on July 13, 2015 in Wired for Success
What if your boss was a robot? One with advanced artificial intelligence and human-like physical features, capable of assessing your emotions? And would more robots mean removing the need for human managers? Another science fiction fantasy? Not so, claim some scientists. And what about the moral and ethical questions raised by the use of robots?

Literacy = Learning, Unlearning, Relearning

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 13, 2015 in Jacob's Staff
What is required for survival in the 21st Century? How can we re-direct our neural programming to adapt to the dynamic changes in the world? What are effective ways to condition your mind to take advantage of new opportunities? How can we benefit from the real power of knowledge?

Why Management Civility Increases Productivity

By Victor Lipman on July 12, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
Studies show that employees who are treated rudely perform worse on routine tasks.

Can We Create a Flourishing World?

What would it take to create a world in which our children can truly flourish?

Changing the Face of Business Academe

In 1994, when Bernie Milano of KPMG founded the PhD Project, there were only 294 African American, Hispanic American, and Native American business professors in the United States. In just 20 years, the PhD Project has played a vital role in quadrupling that number such that today there are 1,274 minority professors in business schools.

Steve Albini Shows That Punk Rock Ethics Are Good Business

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 07, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Steve Albini is known as one of the greatest recording engineers of his time. He shares how punk rock ethics and transformational leadership are important to a good business.

Is Your “Game Over” or “Job Over?”

Is Your Job Over or Is Your Game Over: learn from the pros.

You’ve Reached The Top! Now What?

Why do so many ambitious and talented executives and entrepreneurs plateau, burn out, and at times regress once they “reach the top” of whatever ladder, mountain or organizational structure they’ve been climbing?

Organizational Insights

Organizations are usually driven by a desire to cut errors and increase efficiency, and while these goals are important, they aren't enough. Organizations also need to foster discoveries. They can help workers adopt an Insight Stance by changing how they conduct progress reviews and how they react to conflicts and confusions.

Six Ways to Create a Culture of Ethics in Any Organization

Often we hear about unethical and egregious behavior of organizations and their leaders that seem intent on screwing their customers, lying and cheating, and laughing all the way to the bank.Yet, there are many ways that organizations can create a culture that supports and nurtures ethics. And good ethics is good business in the end. What have so many not gotten the memo?

What's the Real Purpose of Classroom Management?

By Alfie Kohn on June 25, 2015 in The Homework Myth
Is it possible that "managing" the classroom -- that is, controlling the students -- isn't always done in order to facilitate teaching but instead has become (for some educators) the ultimate goal, with the academic content chosen to achieve that goal?

5 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Positive

Once you have the right people in the room, it appears the secret to an effective meeting may lie in creating the right mood. Yes you heard me; it’s all about the mood.

23 Mental Health Professionals Interviewed About Their Jobs

By Brad Waters on June 24, 2015 in Design Your Path
Going behind the scenes with 23 mental health professionals to gain insight into the pros and cons of the industry.