Executive Leadership

Over 14 months, including one yearlong school residency and two
summer-training periods, the New York City Leadership Academy teaches
would-be principals how to run a school.

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In times of change—which is pretty much all the time—you need to make yourself visible to your people.

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Do you sometimes doubt your “street cred” as a leader? If so, buck up. You can’t possibly be as bad as these corkers, who won
a “bad boss” contest sponsored by the AFL-CIO-affiliate Working America:

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Rudolf Vrba had stunning intelligence, a photographic memory and
mastery of five languages. But it wasn’t his brains that made him a
leader. It was his determination to save people from the Nazis.

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A goal, says business guru Ken Blanchard, is just a signpost on your
way to your ultimate destination. Once you’ve reached it, it fades from
importance. A vision, on the other hand:

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When he was pulled up from the minor leagues in 1951, Willie Mays told
New York Giants manager Leo Durocher that he didn’t think he was ready
to play in the majors. Nonsense, Durocher said.

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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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