Leadership Profiles

True mark of leadership: Integrity

June 5, 2014
What behaviors make great ­leaders? “Integrity is so essential. People will only follow someone who has integrity,” says Al Bolea, who has enjoyed an exciting career in the oil and gas industry. Today, Bolea runs Applied ­Leadership Seminars in Big Lake, Alaska.

A lesson in how power can corrupt

May 29, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright did not endear himself to his team. In the half-century since his death, many experts have reflected on his inability to lead. The lesson? As you gain authority, work harder than ever to support others’ success.

Craig Newmark’s best mistake

May 21, 2014
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, calls impatience his “greatest fault,” and it posed particular problems for him early in his career. As an employee of IBM, he learned a lesson in tact that he would never forget.

How Ike exerted his influence

May 15, 2014
Best known for warning of a growing “military-industrial complex,” President Dwight Eisenhower also played a central role in stopping the anti-Communist witch hunt called McCarthyism.

A leader with a song in his heart: Conrad Hilton

May 14, 2014
Conrad Hilton converted a fleabag into a hotel empire. Hiltons were the first hotels to put ­air-conditioning, TVs, ironing boards and sewing kits in their rooms. Modern hotel-reservation systems evolved from Hil­­ton’s 1948 prototype. “Successful men keep moving,” he said. “They don’t stop to think about the next move.”

Where does innovation come from?

May 8, 2014
Peter Diamandis has built his entrepreneurial career around gathering creative people and letting them loose to chase lofty goals. The 51-year-old founded the X Prize Foundation, a nonprofit that runs competitions to identify the most ambitious ideas and technologies to help humanity.

Surviving ‘hell’ to become a Navy SEAL

April 30, 2014
Eric Greitens became a Navy SEAL by becoming a leader. He figured the best way to start Hell Week would be to pull together a team of seven and keep them together, using the chaos of night to their advantage …

Growing your A+ people

April 24, 2014
“Great leaders surround themselves with A+ people,” says Sander Flaum, chairman and CEO of Euro RSCG Becker. “Jack Welch [former CEO of General Electric] said the biggest mistake he ever made was not moving quickly enough on people who weren’t A+.”

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.

Coaching your team to victory

April 17, 2014
Some entrepreneurs love to launch businesses, but they lack interest in managing growing enterprises. Tom Gegax made the successful transition from startup bootstrapper to business builder.