Oracle’s Ellison and Genghis Khan

  • November 01, 2004

Oracle founder and chief executive Larry Ellison is a classic narcissistic leader, reminiscent of both the robber barons of the 19th century, who created industries in...

John McCain and the elements of courage

  • October 01, 2004

You’ll probably never need courage to do your work, at least the kind of courage required against physical threats like torture or gunfire. Still, understanding...

Ruthless power tips from Monty Burns

  • September 01, 2004

Think you’re a pretty big wheel, eh? Forget it, you piker! You’ll never be a leader on the order of that liver-spotted captain of industry, Mr. Burns.

Remind yourself of important lessons

  • September 01, 2004

The U.S. president known as a fierce fighter, Indian hater and hothead—Andrew Jackson—actually used wallpaper to help him lead the country. Wallpaper?

Leadership blips, bloopers & foul-ups

  • August 01, 2004

Leadership researcher Robert Hogan says two-thirds of the people in leadership positions in the Western world will fail. “They will then be fired, demoted or...

Peter Drucker’s 5 essential questions

  • August 01, 2004

Peter Drucker, that sage of business management, came up with these questions to help leaders of nonprofit institutions not only see the future but shape it. The...

Sam Houston: smart, brave, skilled

  • August 01, 2004

He was smart: He studied law and passed the bar in six months. He was honorable: He never spoke a word against his wife after a mysterious marital blowup that ended his...

Alexander Hamilton’s fatal flaw

  • July 01, 2004

Now that Alexander Hamilton has come roaring back into vogue as a founding father, let’s take a look at the guy who did more than any other to create the United...

MacArthur’s principles of leadership

  • July 01, 2004

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...

Focus strategy through bifocal lenses

  • July 01, 2004

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...

Lead like a goose, not a buffalo

  • July 01, 2004

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

You: mold maker, breaker or taker?

  • July 01, 2004

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...

Ben Franklin’s 4 rules of conduct

  • June 01, 2004

After being burned a few times early in life by “rogues of dubious character,” Benjamin Franklin started finding himself more attracted to practical,...

Bada bing! Leadership, Tony Soprano-style

  • June 01, 2004

It may strike you as odd that someone could see fictional TV mobster Tony Soprano as a leader, even though his character is quite literally a “boss.”

Critical negotiation factors

  • May 01, 2004

Don’t overlook this critical factor when you’re negotiating: how the other person feels about the issue at hand.

Become a connoisseur of people’s ideas

  • April 01, 2004

For you to lead in a competitive environment, you have to choose the best people, have the best information and recognize and support the best ideas.

Fight the onset of reckless leadership

  • April 01, 2004

Left unchecked, the same qualities that drive leaders to the top will assure their downfall. To survive at that altitude, you have to throw off certain dangerous habits.