Character

Leadership tips from West Point

December 4, 2014

Lindsey Danilack was the top cadet in West Point’s graduating class this May, only the fourth woman ever to hold that position. Here are tips from Danilack and other women of West Point.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 1014

October 31, 2014
Ask yourself the three things T. Boone Pickens does … Beware the trappings of success … Be aware that leadership is just as important as ever.

Stay true to your core beliefs

October 27, 2014
When you’re climbing the corporate ladder, you may model yourself on your superior. But sometimes it’s better to stay true to yourself—even if that means developing a distinctly different style.

Brag without bragging to build rapport

October 15, 2014
Leaders master the art of promoting themselves without going overboard. They don’t come right out and boast. Instead, they drop hints and refer to their experiences in an engaging way that prompts two-way conversation.

Being scrappy is a good thing

October 10, 2014
Doug Leone channeled his fear and anger into ambition.

Ask: Why did you leave that job?

October 3, 2014
In hiring, it’s maybe the single most illuminating question to ask prospective hires. Here’s a striking example.

Extract good tips from bad bosses

September 23, 2014

After an embarrassing dressing-down by a powerful boss, some employees are shaken to the core. Scarred by the experience, they never recover. Irwin Simon bounced back—and then some.

Lighten up to add impact

September 22, 2014
Joe Scarlett, the former CEO of Tractor Supply Co., calls runaway egos one of the biggest obstacles that successful leaders face.

Grooming cadets for success

September 15, 2014
When leadership guru Jim Collins took West Point’s leadership chair in 2011, he wanted to know how cadets succeed under pressure. They don’t—at first. They keep getting decked and getting back up…

Ask your friends for help

August 6, 2014

Even leaders at the top of their game need a little help sometimes. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, told how he might never have made the movie “Lincoln” without a leg up from his friend Leonardo DiCaprio.