Executive Leadership

Looking to build trust with your team? Start with an experiment. Commit to going 90 days without complaining, criticizing or condemning. And if you’re really serious about creating a more trustworthy culture, enlist your senior executive team to join you in this 90-day challenge.

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If you ask people to list the traits of effective leaders, many would assume that it pays to be helpful, compassionate, generous and trusting. But those characteristics could also describe frail, weak-willed leaders. Pleasant personalities do not necessarily make great leaders.

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Follow these tips to discuss employee pay.

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Eric Schmidt joined Google as its CEO in 2001. Even though the company was already a smashing success, he knew his job wouldn’t be easy. Schmidt, 61, understood the risk that founders take when hiring an outsider as CEO. Clashes can occur as founders chafe at the CEO’s decisions.

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The traits that served Dick Costolo well during Twitter’s early years did not help him once it became a public company. His background did not prepare him to run a huge global business with investors clamoring for stable growth.

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Even the highest flyers can walk into work one day and walk out with a box of family photos.

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Over the last decade, leaders are embracing collaboration with fervor. They encourage employees to share their specialized expertise with each other and team up to solve problems. That’s smart, right? Not necessarily.

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Ken Chenault knows it’s tough to forge connections with over 50,000 employees. But that doesn’t stop the longtime CEO of American Express from trying.

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Top marketing consultant, Yaro Starak, figured out a unique way to attack his fear of public speaking.

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Tech visionary John Mauchly wrote a paper in 1941 that led to the first modern computer: the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, or ENIAC, a device that used electricity to “think.”

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