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Executive Leadership

Now that we live in an age of trolls, every leader needs to handle insults. It’s something Apple’s Steve Jobs demonstrated 20 years ago.

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When he’s not sure if he’s on target in assessing a situation, leadership guru John Maxwell asks himself six questions.

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Filmmaker Lynn Novick, together with Ken Burns, has made some of the best documentaries of our time, most famously The Civil War. With the release of their new documentary, The Vietnam War, Novick offers three distinct insights on leadership.

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Nat Greene was stumped. “I had been trained not to guess, and when one stops guessing, real problem-solving begins,” he says.

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Ari Rastegar, 35, is founder of Rastegar Equity Partners, a Dallas, Tex.-based private equity commercial real estate investment firm. Executive Leadership: How have you evolved as a leader? Rastegar: Early in my career, I was a control freak. And I used to have a lot of anxiety. I was stressed out all the time. I […]

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For years, Sheryl Sandberg handled employees’ mistakes by following standard procedure: Identify the key participants, meet with them and assess to what extent they take responsibility for their error. While there’s nothing wrong with that strategy, it has its limits.

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Denise Renee Green helps leaders manage their time, boost their efficiency and communicate more forcefully. They often call her the “should police.”

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CEOs like to follow well-established practices to operate efficiently and pursue strategy. From using organizational charts to tracking key performance indicators, they favor certain structures to impose order.

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Rob Hale, founder and CEO of Quincy, Mass.-based Granite Telecommunications, often insists that his company has the best customer service in the telecommunications industry. He backs it up by setting high standards and educating employees about his favorite measures—and why they matter so much.

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Courage is contagious. When you lead with bravery and selflessness, others will follow suit. Consider how Douglas Munro’s heroism affected his mother.

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