Executive Leadership

At Southwest Airlines, CEO Gary Kelly treats storytelling as a core element in uniting the company’s 46,000 employees. How does he do it?

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If you’re going to defend yourself and your organization against carping ­­critics, build a strong case. Don’t just whine and complain.

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“Always remember what’s important,” exhorts a school administrator who offers these three tips.

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Best known for warning of a growing “military-industrial complex,” President Dwight Eisenhower also played a central role in stopping the anti-Communist witch hunt called McCarthyism.

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Deep learning occurs when you enable employees to forge neural connections so their skills and in­­sights are easier to tap. Here’s how to make that happen.

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Conrad Hilton converted a fleabag into a hotel empire. Hiltons were the first hotels to put ­air-conditioning, TVs, ironing boards and sewing kits in their rooms. Modern hotel-reservation systems evolved from Hil­­ton’s 1948 prototype. “Successful men keep moving,” he said. “They don’t stop to think about the next move.”

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Still slightly puzzled about how to turn LinkedIn to your advantage? Follow these tips and you’ll lead the pack.

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Reporters who covered Nelson Mandela never doubted his courage, vision or greatness of spirit, but some felt his eulogies elevated him to sainthood, overlooking his practical side.

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Audiences respond well to speakers who share inspiring stories. By forging an emotional tie to a famous victory, you’re more apt to deliver a memorable message. Consider how Gary Spitzer, a senior vice president at DuPont, rallied hundreds of employees at a company event.

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Peter Diamandis has built his entrepreneurial career around gathering creative people and letting them loose to chase lofty goals. The 51-year-old founded the X Prize Foundation, a nonprofit that runs competitions to identify the most ambitious ideas and technologies to help humanity.

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