Character

Art of leadership

September 4, 2013
Renoir’s pastel paintings of plump bourgeois people initially inspired rage, hatred and mockery. William Baker, director of a center for media education at Fordham, took away two lessons from that reaction.

Separating great leaders from also-rans

August 27, 2013
The best leaders listen well, deliver great speeches and show decisiveness when it counts. But that’s not all. Superior leaders demonstrate subtle skills that set them apart.

Leadership through influence

July 29, 2013
Sometimes, being a leader means being the only doctor in a town of 3,400 in rural Georgia. That’s how it is for Howard McMahan, M.D., who’s been seeing the same pa­­tients for more than 20 years, but for whom life would be easier if he closed his practice and took a job at a regional medical center 30 miles away. Still, he stays.

4 key traits for tomorrow’s leaders

July 2, 2013
Leading requires a range of behaviors. From supportive coaching to skeptical questioning, you need to spur others to perform at their consistent best. Adopt these four styles to lift others’ performance.

You can be quirky and lead

June 27, 2013
Baseball hit bottom in 1976, and Mark Fidrych hit the top. For one season, and especially for one night, the 21-year-old rookie with the Detroit Tigers led the country’s fans back to baseball.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 613

June 12, 2013
Hold on to ownership mentality … Always watch as you listen … Be aware that you can be too attractive.

6 humble traits of servant leaders

June 6, 2013
The term “servant leader” applies to executives who lack huge egos. They win allegiance by positioning themselves as supportive allies, not bossy tyrants. Servant leaders exhibit six traits:

Harry Truman’s crucible moment

May 30, 2013

Growing up, no one considered Harry Truman a leader. He was a kid with thick glasses who mostly stayed home, working the farm or reading. But the course of his life changed when he entered the Army during World War I. One rainy night, he faced a moment of true terror.

Michael J. Fox: Eyes on the future

May 16, 2013

Actor Michael J. Fox, 30 years old when he began dealing with Parkinson’s disease, has now written three best-selling books and raised $285 million for Parkinson’s research as well as continuing his acting career. His life offers three ways to continue leading despite adversity.

Push and pull to get others to follow

May 16, 2013
Strong leaders muscle their way forward. But strength alone isn’t enough. You need to know when to push and when to pull to win over followers. Here’s how.