Executive Leadership

Leadership strikes some people as vague and hard to define. But for Ian Davis, it’s actually very clear.

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Beverly Jones, 69, is a leadership coach based in Washington, D.C., and author of the new book, Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO.

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Effective leaders often say that they won’t shoot the messenger. They just want the unvarnished truth.

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Capping a 33-year career at Siemens, the German engineering and electronics conglomerate, Joe Kaeser became CEO in 2013.

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Here are some questions to ask yourself and your team as you strive to build sales.

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George Borst retired in 2013 after 16 years as CEO of Toyota Finan­­cial Services. He reduces leadership to three fundamental skills.

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Leaders always have to spend some portion of their time talking down distraught people. There are ways to make these difficult conversations less painful and more constructive.

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For decades, Jack Welch embraced the up-or-out model of managing employees. The former CEO of General Electric in­­structed managers to rate every staffer and fire the bottom 10% every year.

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It’s common to hear top executives discuss how they took someone’s advice and it paid off. But sometimes, leaders reject seemingly sound advice—and reap the rewards.

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The best listeners actually enjoy learning from others. They’re content to stay silent and take in what they hear—without interjecting their opinions or making “should” statements.

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