Executive Leadership

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

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