Executive Leadership

For about three generations now, IBM has been training fresh batches of leaders straight out of college. Now, Big Blue’s got a brand new bag.


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To bring a company legend to life, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina created a list of principles invoking the story of how two buddies in a garage started the company.

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Lord knows, leaders have never been models of perfection. Nobody illustrates that point better than Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence author and third U.S. president.

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A snapshot of three leaders across the eight-episode PBS reality series “Colonial House”—in which 21st century participants recreate American colonial life—offers three leadership lessons in miniature:

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William Paley virtually invented mass entertainment after founding CBS, the dominant network through much of television’s history. A few of his approaches:

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Marcus Tullius Cicero, the famous Roman orator born in 3106 B.C., survived decades of political turmoil and lived a long and productive life as one of Rome’s most illustrious citizens. One reason: He cultivated close friends whom he could rely upon for support.

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Anybody ever called you a control freak? If so, you’ll recognize some of this behavior:

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Sometimes, the most spectacular results come from apparent chaos, like a shock trauma unit. That’s because leadership can combine rigid hierarchy with a fluid blending of roles.

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Beware of making every hiring decision by yourself;  it can yield a clone like staff with a poor mix of strengths and weaknesses.

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Corrine Perritano regularly finds new managers from among her customers across the country.

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