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...

Richard Sears on hiring & motivation

  • July 01, 2004

It’s the people you hire who make your success, said Sears, Roebuck & Co. founder Richard W. Sears. Here are some thoughts from an article he wrote in 1910:

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.

Even Eleanor Roosevelt needed mentors

  • March 01, 2004

 Eleanor Roosevelt set the standard for today’s strong, visible first lady. But she had help along the way from at least two mentors.