Character

To stay humble, look to Pope Francis

January 24, 2015
Minutes after Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March 2013, he showed his humility. Meeting other cardinals as pope for the first time, he chose not to stand on a platform that would force him to lord over his former peers…

Love your patrons like David Sedaris

January 1, 2015
When he lived in Chicago, humorist David Sedaris went to a book signing and bought a hardcover that cost a lot of money. His interaction with the author was a wake-up call.

Kobe Bryant and the ‘ugliness of greatness’

December 30, 2014

Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant believes you can count on “three fingers, maybe” the number of NBA players in the game now who burn with the same intensity he does. Identifying kindred spirits is a pastime of his.

7 traits of a good leader

December 9, 2014

Labeling leadership traits as “masculine” or “feminine” is just a mental shortcut based on popular culture, not facts. We keep taking the shortcut because it’s easy, but these traits, traditionally associated with women, can help anyone lead.

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.