Executive Leadership

In an era of loudmouth celebrities and overpaid suits, the remembrance
of a decent man seems almost retro. Wellington Mara, who became
co-owner of the New York Giants football team at age 14 and guided the
team from the early days of the National Football League until his
death last year, was one of those old-fashioned leaders.

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Hold on to your hat: The path to success may not be more creativity but less.

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“Leaders develop daily,” says leadership guru John Maxwell, “not in a day.” And that sums up Maxwell’s approach to leadership: committing to
personal growth over time. Here are some of Maxwell’s ideas for
improving yourself:

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Cristian Mitreanu, lead researcher at RedefiningStrategy.com in
Chicago, maintains that, instead of strategy, leaders need a long-term
focus, especially in serving customers.

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Draw on all your talents and interests, so you can break ground in new fields.

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Years ago, National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue read a
book that described the U.S. Supreme Court’s obligation “to remember
the future and imagine the past.” Tagliabue loved that turn of phrase. The future doesn’t simply happen, he surmised. We shape it through our decisions.

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Who are the future leaders in your organization? According to a survey of top executives, they’re people who can:

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In 1973, the U.S. Army training manual outlined a leadership philosophy
called “Be, Know and Do.” Over the years, a number of leaders have
credited that philosophy for their success. Here’s how you can apply it:

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For decades, New York City’s health department focused on fighting
communicable diseases. But when Thomas Frieden took over as health
commissioner, he discovered that more than 70 percent of deaths in the
city came from other causes. Frieden has an ambitious plan to improve the city’s health. Here are some of Frieden’s operating methods:

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Gerry McNamara will be remembered for the will to win that propelled
him through injury and low expectations to help his team defend its Big
East Conference basketball title this spring in a four-day run of
extremely tight games.

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