Leadership advice from Marion Michaud, cybersecurity leader

Marion Michaud touches on how she overcame biases that discourage women from advancing in male-dominated fields and how she was able to advance to senior leadership positions at The MITRE Corporation, an independent not-for-profit organization that operates federally funded research and development centers.

How to be a Leader Most Loved

If your goal is to be a leader who inspires productive, committed teams, Ashton Underdahl’s book, Leader Most Loved, can be a helpful guidepost. Underdahl relates her path to leadership and lessons learned while gaining recognition for creating high-performing, loyal teams. The book includes advice, recaps, reflection questions and watchouts based on the author’s leadership journey.

5 factors to consider before taking a stand on social causes

A big debate has been brewing in the business world when it comes to organizations investing in social causes or speaking up about controversial and polarizing topics. Here is a framework I’ve developed that can help leaders decide if they should invest in a social cause or publicly discuss a polarizing topic. I encourage you to use this as a template that you can build on.

Break through the noise by embracing the power of summary

Leaders must navigate themselves through a media fog of competing messages, both external and internal. To break through this storm, leaders need to adopt a straightforward, concise and impactful approach to communication.


Today's Leadership Tip

Each year that the digital lifestyle engulfs us all, the power of a simple handwritten note grows. Just as getting a real greeting card in the mail dwarfs even the snazziest animated e-card, handing off a note of thanks, encouragement or motivation written in your own hand is a gesture that gets noticed and remembered. If your staff doesn't know your lettering by sight, it might mean your communications with them could use a personal touch.


Q. I’m in the process of gaining U.S. citizenship. When I applied for a job recently, the employer asked me to produce documents proving I was legally able to work. I provided my driver’s license and Social Security card, but then he asked for a “green card,” which I do not have. Is this legal?

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