Executive Leadership

Besides being a brilliant war strategist, Gen. Douglas MacArthur also proved a gifted administrator and charismatic figure. To guide his own behavior as a leader, he developed this list of questions:

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The Roman god Janus had two sets of eyes so he could look backward and forward at the same time. Leaders need to do the same, making old cash cows while ginning up new ventures.

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As newly ordained owner of The Nation, Victor Navasky decided he needed some serious coaching in how to rescue his venerable but ailing magazine.

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Hugh Panero’s company, XM Satellite Radio, took a hit on the stock market last year after a well-known technology columnist barbed it in The Wall Street Journal.

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When DaimlerChrysler canceled plans to hand over an expected $1.8 billion in bailout money to Mitsubishi Motors, Mitsubishi Chief Executive Rolf Eckrodt resigned on the spot.

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A new database on business leadership is starting to yield insights into the nature of leaders within the context of their times. Tony Mayo, who directs the Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative, described three leadership patterns, or archetypes:

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Note this:  Latinos’ buying power reached $653 billion in 2003 and is expected to hit $1 trillion by 2008.

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In the classic training video “The Power of Vision,” a young man walks along a beach just after dawn, tossing stranded starfish back into the sea.

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In leadership, as in surfing, every wipeout represents a victory. You put yourself out there, crash and learn.

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Intuit founder Scott Cook’s first rule: “Be humble about your importance, about how many answers you know and about how much you don’t know (which is always more than you think).”


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