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"Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things." – Peter Drucker. We bring together the best leadership thinking from around the world. These leadership articles provide the knowledge and inspiration you need to be a great leader.

Five guidelines for new chief executives

Writing for the HBR.org Blog Network, Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada, reveals that an executive on the verge of promotion to head a large global company recently approached him for advice on how to be effective as a new CEO. Martin offered the executive five recommendations.

Are you leading your employees or obstructing them?

Are you your employees’ worst enemy? That’s the question posed by Kannan Ramaswamy and William Youngdahl, writing for Strategy+Business. The authors insist that many leaders are inadvertently an obstacle to superior performance.

Transforming your culture: the five guiding principles

Companies such as Facebook, Google, Cisco and IBM not only offer shining examples of innovation – they are also models for strong corporate culture, writes Kispert for Chiefexecutive.net.

Kispert comments: “Leaders at these companies and others like them recognise the role culture plays in their success.

Why you need to change the way your organisation relates to people

The majority of organisations are operating according to practices designed in the industrial era to maximise standardisation and top-down authority – and all of that has to change, according to Gary Hamel, Polly LaBarre and Michele Zanini, writing for Fortune, via Management Innovation eXchange.

The art of minimally invasive management

According to Randy Komisar, writing for the HBR.org Blog Network, most of the time the best thing a manager can do is to get out of the way of the people actually doing the work. This is the principle behind what he calls “Minimally Invasive Management”.

The things bosses think but can’t say

Being a leader often means keeping some of your feelings and thoughts to yourself instead of sharing them with your employees, according to Geoffrey James, writing for Inc.com.

The author explores some of the most common thoughts that bosses frequently have but are best left unspoken:

Plan your first 100 days as boss

The first three months for a new boss is a critical period, writes Matt Regan for Management Today. As the author points out, first impressions count, and a clear and realistic 100-day plan can help you prioritise your time in a key period.

How leaders can focus on the things that really matter

One of the fundamental aspects of leadership is directing people’s attention – and to do so effectively, leaders first need to focus their own attention.

Influencing behaviour to shape corporate culture

Jack Smith, Summer Sensation, Flowers Gallery

You might not be able to dictate corporate culture, says Ron Ashkenas on his HBR.org blog, but he insists you can influence it.

Ashkenas shares an old joke about a CEO who attends a presentation on corporate culture and then asks his head of HR to "get me one of those things".

The lessons not to learn from Steve Jobs

Michael Kidner, Lilypond, Flowers Gallery

The world mourned the passing of an iconic innovator when Apple’s Steve Jobs died in October 2011. There has been no shortage of articles on how business leaders can emulate the great man. But is that really possible, and will mimicking Jobs’ management style change your company for the better?

Why digital communication is no substitute for face-to-face management

Eduardo Paolozzi, Landscape, Flowers Gallery

With the business environment now relying heavily on digital technology for communication, the importance of face-to-face management is emphasised by Jerry S. Wilson at Businessweek.com.

Were you born to lead or trained to lead?

Steve Pyke, Jason Stanley, Flowers Gallery

On Forbes.com, Sangeeth Varghese talks about the physiological aspect of leadership.

Varghese believes that leadership is not a trait one is born with, but instead is a skill that is built through a series of decisions made in response to defining moments.

When do leadership strengths become weaknesses?

Terry Frost, Lizard Black, Flowers Gallery

Leadership strengths are discussed by Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser in Harvard Business Review.

Advice for new leaders: the importance of a collective approach

Terry Frost, Mono Spirals for Yellow, Flowers Gallery

The difficulty of taking on a new leadership role is discussed in Harvard Business Review by Mark E. Van Buren and Todd Safferstone.

Why leaders should never stop learning

According to Sangeeth Varghese writing for Forbes.com, leaders should educate themselves at every moment.

How should leaders cope with change during difficult times?

Terry Frost, Rider's Song, Flowers Gallery

In an interview by Terry Waghorn on Forbes.com, leadership guru Kevin Cashman offers advice on staying ahead of change in tough times for business.

The five skills that set true innovators apart

Terry Frost, Suspended Forms, Flowers Gallery

In Harvard Business Review, Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal B. Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen discuss the five "discovery skills" that make true innovators stand out from the crowd.

Denial can block change so here's how you can defeat it

Betsy Dadd, Empty Pool, Flowers Gallery

On BusinessWeek.com, Rosabeth Moss Kanter of HarvardBusiness.org discusses how denial can prevent necessary change and describes four tools that can be used to defeat the deniers.

Five tips on compassionate leadership

Steve Pyke, Anthony Appiah, Flowers Gallery

The art of compassionate leadership is discussed by Susan Cramm in her blog for Harvard Business Review, where she argues that conveniently labelling employees is dangerous.

Are you at risk from CEO-itis?

Julie Cockburn, Foldface, Flowers Gallery

There’s an affliction you could be at risk of contracting. It affects many people in positions of power and the symptoms include “a tendency toward isolation, belief that you’re smarter than others, preference for loyalists, aversion to changing course even in the face of failure – and love of royal treatment”.

Essential advice for CEOs during tough times

Noel Forster, Colours in Black, Flowers Gallery

On Fortune.com, former Starbucks and Pathmark chief executive Jim Donald shares some tips for CEOs during hard times.

Gladwell's Outliers and The Story of Success - Is the self-made man a myth?

Julie Cockburn, Mood Swing 2, Flowers Gallery

In an interview by Jennifer Reingold on CNN Money's Fortune, Malcolm Gladwell expounds on the theory explored in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success - that innate talent is not necessarily what sets legendary CEOs apart from ordinary workers and that the accepted view of the self-made man is a myth.

How can you motivate employees without money?

Tim Mara, Flowers Gallery

Motivating people without money is the subject of an article by Matthew Boyle on Businessweek.com.

Does your 'evil twin' manager need to be tamed?

Kwon Kiso, Flowers Gallery

Many managers have an evil twin that only their staff see. This substandard sibling is born of poorly executed ideas and inadequately expressed good intentions.

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