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By David Kahn | We all have the potential to be a great leader. It is up to each of us to unlock that potential.

The best strategies for self-assessment, according to Buddhist and Stoic philosophy

Whenever we’re on the topic of humblebrags, a friend reminds me of a funny thing she did when she was 11 years old: When her family moved from Canada to Germany, she began casually wearing all the academic and sports medals she had ever won to a local hangout for teens. She never referred to the …

Psychology

3 Ways Mission-Driven Workplaces Perform Better

Most of your employees probably don't know why your company exists -- and that may be causing major problems for your business.<p>While most business …

Presidential Hubris: How Narcissism Influences Leadership

Imagine a world were the President of the United States uses the office to do whatever he wants. Whether he’s sacrificing the truth, ignoring basic …

Leadership

37 Workplaces That Stand Out From the Rest

What separates great workplace cultures from the rest? Gallup has studied millions of employees around the world to answer this very question.<p>We've …

5 Key Concepts For Every Chief Operating Officer

Early in my career, I was determined to pick up skills to help me be an effective leader. In 2009, after 15 years of skill accumulation, I was …

One Thing All Great Communicators Have In Common, And How To Master It

What separates a good leader from a great one? You need only look to history to find the answer: the world’s great leaders have also been the world’s great communicators.<p>Wherever you look, whether it’s toward political leaders like Winston Churchill, social leaders like Martin Luther King Jr, or …

Leadership

Barack Obama Shares His Lessons Learned on Leadership and Power

The power and responsibilities of the U.S. presidency are unique and unmatched—only 44 people have ever had the job. On Tuesday, former President …

Leadership

How to Present Executive Presence with James Corden

I’ve been reading a lot about the Buddhist idea of presence and how we can be more aware of the “now.” According to its teachings, regret, fear, and …

James Corden

Introverts tend to be better CEOs — and other surprising traits of top-performing executives

The image most people have of a straight-from-central-casting CEO is usually something like the following: An extroverted, charismatic, confident executive who climbed a mistake-free ladder to the top with a degree from an elite school.<p>But a new 10-year study from a leadership advisory firm and …

Leadership

Heads in the sand: Most of us would prefer not to know whether bad things are going to happen

Humans are infovores, hungry to discover, and nothing holds more fascination than the future. Once we looked for answers through divination, now …

Behavior

Managing the people side of risk

Companies can create a powerful risk culture without turning the organization upside down.<p><b>Most executives</b> take managing risk quite seriously, the …

Management

The No. 1 Reason Intelligent People Make Bad Decisions

When I was a younger leader, I wanted to make every decision for my company. To me, being a leader was all about being <i>the</i> decision maker. Since those early days, I’ve definitely gotten older and, I believe, wiser, and that’s helped me realize that leadership is much more about empowering other …

Leadership

I Took an Improv Training Course -- and It Changed How I Brainstorm

Stop saying 'Yes, but.' Start getting to 'Yes, and.'<p>I walked slowly across the room, stretched out my arms and said "hot frying pan" to a man I didn’t know. That man acted as if I’d passed him an imaginary skillet, pretended to feel its heat and passed the cookware to someone else.<p><i>What the hell</i> …

Leadership

The Fear of Feelings at Work

The psychologist Susan David argues that the idea that employees should only display positive emotions at work often results in organizational failures.<p>It’s clear which emotions are acceptable at work: Happiness and enthusiasm are welcomed, but sadness and fear are usually awkward and taboo. That’s …

The Workplace

How Much Can You (Mentally) Bench? Six Ways to Build Your Mental Toughness with Ron Howard

When discussing the characteristics of successful leaders, one trait is often overlooked. It’s not the need for charisma, confidence, or …

Self-improvement

As A Leader, Are You A Fighter, A Fixer Or A Friend?

Shutterstock<p>What’s your leadership style? Are you a friend, fixer or fighter?<p>When discovering your leadership style, it’s easy to slip into some bad habits. Some of the best-intentioned leaders are guilty of micromanaging, changing directions, and trying to be “just one of the gang.” We’ve all been …

Leadership

The case for being grumpy at work

On my birthday this year, my coworkers planned an elaborate surprise. When I came into work, several dozen colleagues had dressed up as me, donning my trademark accessories: a flannel shirt, a baseball cap—and a scowl.<p>There are two takeaways from this anecdote. The first is that I have truly …

Distortions and deceptions in strategic decisions

Companies are vulnerable to misconceptions, biases, and plain old lies. But not hopelessly vulnerable.<p><b>The chief executive</b> of a large multinational …

Management

The halo effect, and other managerial delusions

Companies cannot achieve superior and lasting business performance simply by following a specific set of steps.<p><b>The quest</b> of every high-quality …

Behavior

Hidden flaws in strategy

Can insights from behavioral economics explain why good executives back bad strategies?<p><b>After nearly 40 years,</b> the theory of business strategy is well …

How functional leaders become CEOs

Limited operational experience is not necessarily a barrier to the top job. Here’s what CFOs and others must do to jump to the next level.<p><b>Holding a</b> …

Are You Suffering from Moral Superiority?

Are you really as good a person as you think you are? Don’t get me wrong; I think you’re great, really, I do. What I’m asking is whether you are …

Psychology

The Case for More Intellectual Humility - Facts So Romantic

I can remember, almost a decade ago, when I was convinced out of my “Young-Earth” Creationism. It was almost a process of de-radicalization. During …

Atheism

Six Components of a Great Corporate Culture

The benefits of a strong corporate culture are both intuitive and supported by social science. According to James L. Heskett, culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when compared with ‘culturally unremarkable’ competitors.” And HBR writers have offered advice …

How I Tried and Failed to Be a Cool Boss

<i>An investigation into the joy and pain of fitting in: With this series, we’re exploring the pathologies, hierarchies, and quirks of female</i> …

4 more lessons from the longest-running study on happiness |

<i>Stocksy</i><p>Essential, data-derived advice for leading a happy, healthy life, shared by researcher and psychiatrist Robert Waldinger.<p>Have you ever wished …

Happiness

6 Things Good CEOs Always Do to Connect With Employees

I proposed this powerful engagement strategy to a former CEO, and he rejected it. His loss, your gain.<p>A CEO I reported to back in my corporate days suffered from a syndrome I call "The Invisible Executive."<p>He dwelled in the safety and comfort of his office most of his 50+ hours per week. It was …

Management

Why a cooperative work culture can be bad for star performers

Wouldn’t it be nice to work in an environment focused on cooperation and solidarity, one that put the needs of the many above those of the few? …

The Workplace

Insults and the Insulting Leaders Who Use Them

I recently read an article on foreignpolicy.com discussing how the media and U.S. policymakers commonly depict North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, as …

Nikki Haley