Character

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.

Lead by getting out of your head

February 21, 2014
A young executive was enough of a bully to (a) be nicknamed “the monster” and (b) require a leadership coach. Shown evidence of his crabbiness and temper, he was surprised, expecting to hear how smart he was …

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.

On never giving up

February 12, 2014

Imagine getting kicked out of not one but two rock bands that both went on to become icons of their era. That’s exactly what happened to Jason Everman, once the second guitarist for Nirvana. Eventually, he became an elite member of the U.S. Army Rangers and Special Forces.

Starbucks CEO takes a principled stand

February 5, 2014
Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks ­Coffee Co., has a reputation for speaking his mind. His strongly voiced opinions help shape the company’s image.

Setting the standard for quiet influence

January 27, 2014
Think of a take-charge CEO and you may envision a loudmouth barking orders. But that’s not necessarily the right way to lead. Quieter, more measured leaders often succeed as well.

When getting fired is a good thing

January 16, 2014
Don’t give too much thought to the possibility that you might be fired. Plenty of successful people have gotten the sack.

Leadership lessons from Mayberry

January 9, 2014

With the passing of actor Andy Griffith in 2012, his most famous TV character, Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry, is worth another look for his low-key brand of leadership. Here are a few of the sheriff’s lessons on caring more and fussing less.