Executive Leadership

Assess the impression your people leave on customers and clients, with this simple exercise:

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Disavow these 5 leadership myths:

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U.S. business leaders tend to be professional managers with fewer
family and political ties than leaders elsewhere, says one Harvard
business professor who’s studied the issue. Because of this relative
independence from family and politics in business, the research
indicates, Americans use a greater variety of leadership styles. Which one of these describes you?

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After assuming command of a ship, Navy Capt. Michael Abrashoff spent his first days simply
observing. He noticed that his young crew was smart, skilled and full
of good ideas. Those ideas usually went nowhere, though, because nobody
in charge ever listened to them. Here’s how aggressive listening helped both Abrashoff and his crew:

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Stand out from other execs— who often hide behind e-mail and voice mail

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Choose the most reliable job applicants by passing over any who bad-mouth previous employers or bosses.

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Survive your biggest setbacks by thinking like Thomas Edison.

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By 1810, Napoleon’s occupation of Spain had deteriorated into what he would call his “Spanish ulcer.” With help from England and Portugal, local insurgents resisted more
than 300,000 French soldiers occupying Spain. The rebels managed to
force a French retreat and occupy the hills controlling the roads to
Seville and Cordoba. The division charged down this road in the high sierra, headed straight
for a band of French soldiers commanded by a truly remarkable officer: Capt. Cyr Billot.

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When Jim Copeland served as CEO of Deloitte & Touche, now part of
an international professional services firm, the people he worked with
respected him for his trustworthiness. Why?

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J.K. Rowling’s boyfriend was moving to Manchester and wanted her to
move, too. During her train trip back to London after a weekend spent
looking for an apartment, the character of Harry Potter simply popped
into her head. There was a glitch, however. Rowling didn’t have a writing utensil.

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