Executive Leadership

Even in the shadow of the U.S. soccer team’s collapse in this year’s
World Cup, coach Bruce Arena speaks with calm assurance. “One day, when we get it right and become the best,” he says, it will be because “we did it our way, no one else’s way.” In that statement alone, you can see why Arena is a leader.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Torre leads a far more diverse and
ego-driven team than most of us ever will. Yet, Torre’s team wins
repeatedly, thanks to these four “rules of straight communication” he
has developed over the years:

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Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner is one of those “connector” people.

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As master of an astonishing range of roles on stage and screen, Hugh Jackman seems to have conquered his world. But Jackman—the owner of roles as diverse as flitty song & dance
guy Peter Allen in Broadway’s “The Boy From Oz” and macho superhero
“Wolverine” in the blockbuster “XMen” movie series—never would have
succeeded if he’d bowed to his fears.

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The award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs without a
conductor, which seems like an argument against hierarchical
leadership. But let’s examine some pros and cons.

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The late Jesse Helms, a former senator from North Carolina, was known as a tough
sell when it came to foreign aid. That is, until rock icon Bono showed
up.

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Distinguished military leaders possess central traits, said the notable
Prussian military philosopher Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831). A close
look shows that they’re still essential today.

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Effective leaders reach into their organizations and departments to
identify future leaders. The problem is, zeroing in on a handful of
promising people makes still-to-be-recognized people feel overlooked
and undervalued. You can keep that from happening, with these strategies:

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Filmmaker Spike Lee’s career shows the basic elements every leader needs. Here’s what we mean:

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John McGraw, fierce third baseman of the 1896
Baltimore Orioles who’d already led his baseball team to two pennants,
drove the club through force of will … his will to win. So, when McGraw came down with typhoid fever, things started looking grim for Baltimore.

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