Executive Leadership

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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Southwest Airlines has run a profitable airline for more than three decades. Here are its secrets:

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Starbucks founder and chairman Howard Schultz is his company’s most
passionate advocate. But his success goes beyond that, to how Schultz
uses his passion to do more than sell coffee. Take these three lessons to heart, and your employees and customers will, too.

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