Executive Leadership

For decades, New York City’s health department focused on fighting
communicable diseases. But when Thomas Frieden took over as health
commissioner, he discovered that more than 70 percent of deaths in the
city came from other causes. Frieden has an ambitious plan to improve the city’s health. Here are some of Frieden’s operating methods:

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Gerry McNamara will be remembered for the will to win that propelled
him through injury and low expectations to help his team defend its Big
East Conference basketball title this spring in a four-day run of
extremely tight games.

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When former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke at a conference
hosted by the Center for Creative Leadership last year, he named six
essential qualities of great leadership:

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Want to pursue your dream project without giving up your day job?
Follow these Ten Commandments of “intrapreneurship”: creating new
enterprises within your current organization.

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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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