Executive Leadership

A recent experiment at Cornell University showed just how much power
leaders have to determine what people notice … and what they miss.

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Collective decision-making usually trumps individual expertise. It’s what James Surowiecki observed in The Wisdom of Crowds, and it undercuts our traditional faith in the lone decision-maker, aka the leader.

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Surveys of more than 3.5 million people over 30 years reveal three basic employee desires:

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The ability to engage and motivate employees, followed by the ability
to communicate, are the skills that organizations want most in their
leaders, says a new study by Right Management Consultants.

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After the fall of Baghdad in 2003, looters carried off tens of
thousands of antiquities from the National Museum of Iraq. Marine
Reserve Col. Matthew Bogdanos has made it his mission to get them back. Here are the leadership traits Bogdanos is applying:

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Real leaders look outward to customers, even though it’s easier to focus on what’s happening in-house. Continuous improvement is difficult but not impossible. Here’s how:

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Gain insight on how your people would behave in a crisis

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Spare yourself the frustration of trying to “quick-fix” negative forces beyond your control

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Ensure the success of your next presentation with these three keys:

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Reward a job well done with more interesting work

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