Executive Leadership

Early in their careers, leaders move up quickly because they can identify problems and solve them.

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Columbia Business School professor Michael Feiner remembers having a boss who would sort mail during their meetings. It made Feiner feel like an ashtray.

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You probably know Gen. George S. Patton for his “blood ’n’ guts”approach to battle, but he dedicated himself to something far less obvious:  preparation.

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Sir Frank Williams began building race cars more than 30 years ago and won his first world championship in 1979. Since then, he’s won eight more world championships, and his drivers have clinched the Drivers World Championship seven times.

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“I’m hard pressed to think of a trend that [Estée] Lauder started,” writes fashion insider Grace Mirabella. Nonetheless, Mirabella heaps praise on Lauder’s unparalleled cosmetics empire.

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If you’ve stopped asking the two most common questions when interviewing job candidates because they’ve fallen out of favor with hiring gurus, reconsider them.

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Learn from the last samurai, Saigo Takamori, who’s still revered in Japan 120 years after his death for his courage, simplicity and fairness.

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In high-stakes negotiations, sitting across the table from your opponents ends the signal that you are enemies, not collaborators who are looking for solutions that meet both your needs.

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Employees are not seeing their share of record-setting corporate profits, prompting more and more to leave for greener pastures as the job market improves.

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Why should somebody do your bidding?

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