Leadership

By Flora Spink | Leadership development articles

The Best Senior Teams Thrive on Disagreement

Most team leaders try to build cohesion on their teams. Through team-building exercises and the careful establishment of norms and processes, leaders aim to create a culture of trust, psychological safety, and good feeling.<p>But should enterprise leadership teams also pursue cohesion? To explore this …

Management

Be Nice: Why Courtesy and Kindness Give You a Competitive Advantage

3 compelling reasons to work and play well with others<p>We live in a rough, rude times. From anger in the oval office, to road rage, to pundits shouting on TV, to companies where a toxic culture is not only condoned but promoted, it seems that meanness has become the nasty norm.<p>That's why I'd like to …

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Digital Is Changing Everything . . . Except the Need for Strong Leadership

It’s impossible to exaggerate how profoundly the digital revolution already has impacted our lives, from banking, dating, dining, home-buying, shopping and traveling to the way we communicate, perform our work, get news, practice medicine, fight wars and design, manufacture and distribute things. …

Digital Transformation

CFOs Should Help Lead Workforce Transformation

A host of trends are pressuring many organizations to rethink their workforce models — and not just function by function…

Human Resources

Exercise Your Ethical Muscles: Here Are 4 Keys to Being a Better Boss

Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga remembers hearing Dov Seidman lecture at the World Economic Forum in Davos a few years ago. Seidman was one of the more …

Leadership

Boards Can’t Wait for CEOs to Prioritize Digital Change

Is your board willing to be a driving force in the digitization of the company, or are you content to sit back and watch as born-digital companies transform one industry after another? Boards must recognize the unstoppable forces at play and drive their CEOs to reinvent the business while they …

Harvard Business Review

A True Measure Of Leadership Success: Seven Guiding Principles

Taking a true measure of our leadership success is no easy task. Do we measure net profit? Gross revenue? Customer satisfaction and loyalty? EBITDA? Quarterly results? Stock price? Social responsibility? While all these yardsticks are crucial, do they really get to the essence of what sustains …

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Google’s Secret Formula for Management? Doing the Basics Well

Google has opened its trove of management processes to one and all, for free. It might not feel that surprising — after all, Google has created plenty of free tools for the world to use, from internet search to email. Management tools may not seem that different. And it also follows Google’s many …

Management

Millennials Perceive 'Good Leadership' Differently Than Everyone Else--and They're Right

Millennials get a bad rap. Here's what leaders should really know about the U.S.'s largest workforce.<p>I was recently working with the CEO of a large technology firm in Boston who, over dinner, began venting about his employees. He told me that many of them felt entitled, were lazy, and expected …

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What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity

The business case for diversity is clear. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement, and companies with greater gender and racial diversity financially outperform their peers. Yet progress within organizations has been slow – there is still a lack of women and minorities in leadership …

Diversity

Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions

Decision making lies at the heart of our personal and professional lives. Every day we make decisions. Some are small, domestic, and innocuous. Others are more important, affecting people’s lives, livelihoods, and well-being. Inevitably, we make mistakes along the way. The daunting reality is that …

Harvard Business Review

Uber’s New CEO Will Have to Win on Two Fronts Simultaneously

This week Uber took a major step toward righting the ship with the choice of Dara Khosrowshahi as its new CEO. To succeed, our research shows, he must address — at the same time — two large issues that are among the most challenging in business: win at the “inner game,” by removing the internal …

Uber

Why Everyone Should See Themselves as a Leader

<b>Sue Ashford,</b> a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, breaks down her decades of research on leadership—who achieves it, and how a group grants it. She explains that the world isn’t divided into leaders and followers. Instead, it’s a state that everyone can reach, …

Leadership

Company Bottom Line Directly Relates To the Quality of Their Management

The title of today’s post seems like a no-brainer, but it’s amazing how many organizations don’t invest in their management. These individuals are …

Leadership

As the CEO, I Strive to Be the Dumbest Person in the Room

Being able to only rely on yourself is one of the worst places you can be in business.<p>It may not be something you hear every day, but as the CEO of Capriotti’s, I strive to always be the dumbest person in the room.<p>Although this may seem counterintuitive, being the dumbest person on your team brings …

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Research Shows Good Management Is Incredibly Hard to Copy

Harvard Business Review

Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management?

In MBA programs, students are taught that companies can’t expect to compete on the basis of internal managerial competencies because they’re just too easy to copy. Operational effectiveness—doing the same thing as other companies but doing it exceptionally well—is not a path to sustainable …

Management

19 Things Great Bosses Refuse to Say (and Terrible Bosses Say All the Time)

What leaders do is important, but what they say can be almost as important -- in both positive and negative ways.<p>Sometimes people use words incorrectly, which can make them look dumb. Sometimes they describe themselves terribly, which makes them look pretentious.<p>And sometimes they say things that …

Leadership

Help Your Team Achieve Work-Life Balance — Even When You Can’t

You block time on your calendar for a yoga class, lunch with a friend, or even a tech Shabbat. But how often do you cancel it due to what seems a more urgent work demand? Recent research from Boston University and Harvard Business School faculty shows that with the unrelenting pace and volume of …

Management

How Senior Executives Stay Passionate About Their Work

When we talk about “learning to love your job” or “managing yourself,” it’s often in the context of junior or midlevel roles. But these things don’t stop mattering for senior executives. What aspects of their jobs are most important to them? What do they find rewarding? How do they sustain their …

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6 Crucial Things to Do in Your First 100 Days in a New Leadership Role

You've signed the offer, now what?<p>The rate of change in technology is unmatched. Companies are constantly being funded, getting acquired and, unfortunately, going out of business. These dynamic conditions create both challenges and opportunities for leaders. Changing roles is becoming more frequent …

Leadership

The Brutal Truth About Why Being a Leader Is So Hard

It's not about being right. It's about this instead, alright?<p>Being a great leader is so much harder than it looks.<p>What's difficult about leadership is that nobody ever sits you down and "teaches" you what being a real leader is all about. There's no class in early education that defines leadership. …

Leadership

Leading Effectively When You Inherit a Mess

An executive I work with recently stepped into the biggest challenge of her career. Recruited from outside the organization, she faced multiple problems: The business was losing money, costs were bloated, customer loyalty was fading, and key talent was defecting. Her predecessor had made a failed …

Management

Management Tip: How to Handle the Transition from Peer to Boss

Being promoted over your coworkers is a tricky situation. It’s important to get off on the right foot with your former peers and to make the …

Management

Is An Aggressive Personality A Key Characteristic Of A Strong Leader?

Shutterstock<p>Since the 1980s, business leaders have used personality tests and behavioral predictors to better understand themselves and their team members. With the goal of maximizing team performance, understanding how differing management and work styles interact provides an invaluable …

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Want to Be A Better Leader? Then Adopt These 9 Habits!

Great leadership works everywhere and with teams of all sizes<p>Over the course of my career, I must have spent over 3000 hours reading leadership books, attending training sessions, and studying leadership. From this I learned a lot of things which have worked, many that didn't and several I should …

Leadership

How Cultures Across the World Approach Leadership

Harvard Business Review

Good managers give constructive criticism—but truly masterful leaders offer constructive praise

Getting feedback from your coworkers is scary. A leader at one of my previous jobs once said that my emotional stability fell somewhere between that of a squalling infant and pubescent teen. (Cool, cool.) Now research shows that not only are most managers bad at giving constructive …

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Emotional Intelligence