Character

Adopt a selfless attitude

January 13, 2021
Being a good leader is a selfless task—literally. You have to put your organization’s objectives above your own, and that means putting other people’s abilities and contributions first.

Be assertive, not aggressive

December 9, 2020
Here’s how to be assertive without coming off as an ogre.

Don’t outgrow your roots

November 11, 2020
Being promoted or moving ahead brings new demands. But don’t move so fast that you abandon the relationships you’ve built. Though you’ll make new contacts, the odds are good that you’ll need your old contacts as well. Keep these groups in mind.

It’s not a weakness anymore!

October 7, 2020
Most of us think our weaknesses are holding us back, but we could be wrong. Using your supposed flaws wisely can be a path to success. By admitting to—and making use of—the following weaknesses, you can actually appear stronger.

Express anger—within reason

September 10, 2020
A researcher at Stanford University has found that anger is sometimes linked to success.

Lock horns with a peer? Bury the axe

September 10, 2020
Feuding with another manager? You’re both good arguers, so forget about rehashing the disagreement—no one will win.

Don’t let grudges poison your leadership

August 13, 2020
One of the worst effects of holding a grudge is that you may have trouble distinguishing your personal overreactions from legitimate misgivings about the employee. Take these steps if you feel you might be holding a grudge.

When under pressure, who are you?

July 9, 2020
Exceptional times—good or bad—often require leaders to change, either to take advantage of what’s going right or to remedy what isn’t. Look closely at three aspects of your leadership.

Banish your own negativity

April 22, 2020
Negative behavior can be changed! It just takes training and practice. The key is analyzing your behavior, planning a change, and implementing it consistently. Try these five steps.

If you can’t say something nice …

January 9, 2020
Q. I’ve been watching my boss botch move after move for a few years now, and it’s tough not to get swept up in the talk at work about his errors. I’d like to play devil’s advocate, but what argument can I make in defense of such a poor leader?