Are you a wartime general?

  • November 15, 2009

In the armed services, there are “peacetime generals” and “wartime generals.” Some leaders thrive on turbulence. Others don’t. Same goes...

Ask the experts: How to be a true HR leader

  • November 12, 2009

What does it take to jump the fence from your administrative role and be seen as a true leader in the company? The HR Specialist posed the following question to three of...

WIIFM—What’s In It For Me?

  • October 26, 2009

Though work mates care about you, they pay more attention to messages that show there’s something in it for them, says Susan Mason, a principal of Vital Visions...

A wandering mind leads to insight

  • October 18, 2009

Insight is so central to invention that legend has Archimedes, who suddenly realized how to calculate density and volume, jumping from his bath and running naked through...

Spark innovation with idea seed money

  • October 07, 2009

A Rhode Island software company has created a system for new ideas that’s as transparent as they could make it. They call it an idea market. CEO Jim Lavoie and...

Jack Welch on doing and on dreaming

  • October 06, 2009

General Electric’s CEO emeritus Jack Welch says leadership in tough times is the same as it ever was: “to do and dream at the same time.” Problem is,...

Bill Walsh: Lessons from beyond the field

  • September 07, 2009

Spotting insights from fields far outside your own is one characteristic of an innovative leader. That’s what 49ers coach Bill Walsh does. Walsh, who led the San...

The benefits of malcontents

  • August 01, 2009

Most leaders want to work with people with a positive attitude. But Howard Behar tolerates and even welcomes negative personalities.

Focus on the here and now

  • July 18, 2009

Kelly Slater is a world-class surfer with nine titles under his belt. He knows that obsessing on an outcome will only hinder his performance. “When you’re...

Jim Collins on power vs. leadership

  • July 07, 2009

Asked to look back over 30 years in the context of our tumultuous times, Jim Collins, author of the best-sellers Good to Great and Built to Last, offers these thoughts...

6 building blocks of leadership

  • April 20, 2009

The top qualities you can develop as a leader, says a former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, are decisiveness, integrity, respect, diversity, trust and performance.

Best-practices leadership, circa 1950s

  • April 14, 2009

While cleaning out his attic, a British business leader stumbled upon some notes on leadership from the ’50s. The notes were handed out at Eaton Hall near Chester,...

Tina Fey as ‘Herman the German’

  • April 04, 2009

She may look all sweet and spritely, but comedian Tina Fey also happens to possess a Teutonic will. That’s why former "Saturday Night Live" colleague...

10 leadership styles: What’s yours?

  • April 01, 2009

Are you a situational leader or an emotional leader? Situational leadership depends on the kind of direction and support each of your followers needs. Emotional...

Mary Minnick: Coke’s snarly discontent

  • March 16, 2009

In her 23 years at Coca-Cola, Mary Minnick was pretty much never satisfied. Maybe her whipsmart approach was too much for the genteel board of the Atlanta-based...