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Executive Leadership

Some of the most effective executives never fit the stereotype of a “leader,” says management guru Peter Drucker. They aren’t charismatic, and they range from wildly extroverted to reclusive, laid-back to controlling. What actually makes them effective, he says, is that they all do these seven things:

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Leadership institute founder Lorraine Monroe never launches a new undertaking without providing her staff with these vital pieces of information to influence and guide them:

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Darlene Ryan wasn’t looking for any leadership role. A pioneer female tax partner at Arthur Andersen, she was growing tired of the hi-jinks in the accounting world and distressed at hardly ever seeing her son.

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Ask these key questions to ferret out exceptional hires:

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About 80 percent of Broadway musicals lose money. Jeffrey B. Seller is trying to change that. The 40-year-old producer of such quirky musicals as Rent and Avenue Q is leading—that is, dragging— Broadway into a new era of ticket pricing based on practices in other industries.

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Choking is a two-part process that can hit whenever the stakes are high: You tell yourself that something will go badly. You then under-perform to ensure that your prediction comes true. How can you stop choking?

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Positive leaders have a way of telling even sob stories in a way that reveals a silver lining. That’s called a “positive explanatory style.” To develop that style, take these steps:

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Draft your next presentation quickly and easily.

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Convert your random thoughts into action points with a computerized journal.

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After he’d started a fast-growing publishing company in the late 1980s, Kirk Cheyfitz griped to his board chairman one day about a manager who wasn’t exactly a self-starter. Without missing a beat, the chairman urged Cheyfitz to fire the guy right away.

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