Emotional Intelligence

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.

A CEO’s keys to leading with a clear head

December 26, 2013
For Daniel Vasella, former chairman of Novartis, success comes with self-awareness. He finds that effective leaders possess four strengths.

10 steps toward self-confidence

December 20, 2013
You know this already: It takes confidence to advance from middle management to leadership. Luckily, you can learn to feel confident.

4 steps to avoid self-sabotage

December 19, 2013
Unsure how to interpret someone’s be­­havior? Beware of assuming the worst. Would-be leaders can waste time and energy by drawing the wrong conclusion from, say, someone’s stony silence or edgy tone of voice.

Use a RULER to measure how you feel

October 14, 2013
Yale University researcher Marc Brackett and his team have identified five key skills—what he calls the RULER approach—that sharpen emotional intelligence.

Leadership Tips: Vol. 913

September 20, 2013
Don’t be greedy … Keep it light … Go fly a kite.

Question your assumptions

August 12, 2013
To see what self-awareness has to do with overcoming obstacles, researchers look at how people use it. Take David Chang, who started out with a humble noodle bar, Momofuku. It wasn’t going anywhere. Instead of blaming someone, he subjected himself to a brutal self-assessment.

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.

Don’t dwell on your legacy

June 7, 2013
Poor Richard III. After his war-torn bones were found earlier this year in a Leicester car park, the controversial king turned out not to have been quite the deformed viper, toad or hedgehog that Shakespeare called him.