Executive Leadership

When Franklin D. Roosevelt won the presidency in 1932, the 20th Amendment was not yet in place, meaning his inauguration would not take place until March 4, 1933, instead of Jan. 20. That gave the defeated Herbert Hoover, a very bitter lame duck, months to undermine Roosevelt.

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As a leader, you face decisions, and then you face defining moments when you have to dig down to your core values and choose a certain path.


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In his essay “Nature,” American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us that we’re surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty every day, yet we rarely take time to recognize and appreciate it.

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You probably believe that the best form of negotiating is the win/win style in which everyone gains something. But win/win is probably the worst way for you to negotiate, says negotiating coach Jim Camp. Here’s why:

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When President Bush invited the 9/11 Commission into the Oval Office to interview him and Vice President Dick Cheney, he delivered a memorable lesson in the power of controlling the setting of important meetings.

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Choosing healthy entrees at business lunches is one of the easiest ways to promote the impression that you’re vital, healthy, active and likely to be around for years.

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Arthur Caliandro, senior minister at Marble Collegiate Church in New York, expects full participation from everyone at his weekly staff meetings.

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Laurie Siegel, the HR whiz brought in to mop up the mess at Tyco International, is one of those super-achieving women born of a dominant mother. What’s a dominant mother?

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Howard Schultz, later to become CEO of Starbucks, was traveling in Italy when he noticed something:  Italians carried a passion for their strong coffee and the local coffee bars that served it.

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Quick and direct communication rules the day in today’s time-pressed working world. But take time to communicate empathetically, not bluntly. Here’s the difference:

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