Executive Leadership

Companies led by chief executives with military experience have beaten
the S&P 500 Index over the past three, five and 10 years by up to
20 percentage points, says a study by executive search firm Korn/Ferry
International.

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Kelly Slater, the greatest surfer of all time, was kicking back,
basking in his celebrity and putting his private life in order a few
years ago when challenger Andy Irons came along and snatched the world
title away in 2002.

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Nicole Alvino always knew that someday, she’d own her own business. An Enron employee with degrees in economics and Japanese, Alvino had
already planned on attending business school when the energy company
imploded, and her professors encouraged her to strike out on her own. She just needed an idea.

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Lynda Lovejoy, who will face the incumbent president of the Navajo
Nation in next month’s tribal election, is up against more than a
runoff. She’s also challenging a cultural taboo against women leaders.

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You can “trick” yourself into meeting a tough goal in two ways:

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Late in World War II, when the tide had turned against Germany, Adolf
Hitler tried to lift the spirits of his generals, his soldiers and the
public by claiming that “secret weapons” were under development that
would win the war quickly. The weapons were coming soon, he told
everyone. The problem: No such weapons existed.

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Heed the words of David Corderman, chief of the FBI’s Leadership Development Institute: “Leaders are born and made.”

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To gain agility and speed, urges entrepreneur Michael Kramer, standardize your processes.

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Here’s a neat way to parse people in your organization:

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Mackay Envelope Corp. founder and Chairman Harvey Mackay developed
these simple rules for ensuring that his friendships did not undermine
his success … and that his success did not kill his friendships:

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