Executive Leadership

“Authentic” has been a buzzword for a while now. Here are a few reasons why being authentic isn’t always the best policy.

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Refuse to multitask … Don’t become a slave to runaway hours … Accept your flaws (even one as odd as Derek Jeter’s).

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Do you know about what happened when Richard Feynman testified at a hearing on what caused the Challenger disaster? His brief display became a legend in how to powerfully convey a point.

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Among several fundamentals of leadership in the workplace are these three.

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“I don’t need to proclaim anything,” says Bruce Douglas, president of Education Dynamics. “I prefer to ask questions that will provoke thought. If you have good people, you can enlist them in helping you make good decisions.”

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Lifeway Foods’ Julie Smolyansky learned a hard lesson when she misread her customers, but she made a bold move to correct it and came out on top.

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Even after becoming CEO of SAP, the world’s largest software firm, Bill McDer­­mott never stopped learning. He kept searching for ways to enhance his leadership.

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Over Labor Day weekend, Frank Blake could finally relax. After seven hard-charging years as CEO of Home Depot, he had announced in August 2014 that he’d retire and his chosen successor, Craig Menear, would take over as CEO on Nov. 1. But on Tuesday morning, Blake was stunned to learn that Home Depot’s computers had been hacked …

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Many organizations give employees a specified number of annual paid days off—perhaps 10 or 15—in addition to a handful of federal holidays. Bart Lorang felt that wasn’t enough.

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In 2004, Lego was losing roughly $1 million a day. The once-legendary Danish toy maker was on the brink of collapse. It hired a new CEO, Jorgen Vig Knud­­storp, who quickly drew two conclusions: The company needed to cut costs dramatically and start delivering products that customers actually wanted.

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