Character

T. Boone Pickens: Don’t point fingers

June 13, 2014
Asked for the best advice he ever got, business magnate and financier T. Boone Pickens credits his grandma with counseling him to take the rap for his own failures.

True mark of leadership: Integrity

June 5, 2014
What behaviors make great ­leaders? “Integrity is so essential. People will only follow someone who has integrity,” says Al Bolea, who has enjoyed an exciting career in the oil and gas industry. Today, Bolea runs Applied ­Leadership Seminars in Big Lake, Alaska.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 514

May 27, 2014
Do a little self-branding … Be aware of your intimidation factor … Know these two things about public speaking.

Strong inner core drives success

May 21, 2014
John Mattone, a Florida-based consultant and author of Intelligent Leadership, says that strong leaders need a strong “inner core” as well as an impressive “outer core.” Many people mistakenly judge the outer core alone.

How Ike exerted his influence

May 15, 2014
Best known for warning of a growing “military-industrial complex,” President Dwight Eisenhower also played a central role in stopping the anti-Communist witch hunt called McCarthyism.

The deep-seated need to win

May 2, 2014

Jackie Robinson, the infielder who in 1947 broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, knew that winning is important. “It kills me to lose,” he once said. “If I’m a troublemaker it’s because I can’t stand losing.”

Leadership Tips: Vol. 414

April 29, 2014
Do what you know, as Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine do … Demonstrate the epic leadership of the Sioux … Think as big as Elon Musk.

No power plays for this bank CEO

April 23, 2014
As president and chief executive of Tangerine—formerly ING Direct Canada—Peter Aceto could act like most big bank CEOs and cultivate an image of aloofness and power. But he does the reverse.

Word to the wise: Stay on task

April 16, 2014
Stanford business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer looked at the research on power. Then he zeroed in on elements the powerful possess.

Go ahead, say it: ‘I don’t know’

February 21, 2014
The next time you do not have an answer for something, say, “I don’t know,” and then smile pleasantly or sheepishly, and wait for a response.