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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.

Six ways to create better collaborations

Collaboration is a buzzword in modern business.

But it doesn’t happen overnight, especially if you are seeking to transform outmoded models of command and control, says Carol Kinsey Goman, writing for Forbes.

Be the bold leader your team needs

As a leader, you may not be able to alter the adverse circumstances you and your team face.

But you can choose how you respond, writes Douglas Conant, for LinkedIn Pulse.

How to transform your firm into an innovation hub

For innovation to thrive, you must create space for open, free-form interaction and engagement.

Get it right – build and nurture innovation-friendly networks – and the ideas will flow.

Why leaders need to be more engaged

Are you taking more days away from the office, or delaying replies to emails or calls?

These are all signs that you have become disengaged as a leader. And when you disengage, your employees could follow suit, writes Peter Crush for Raconteur.

How to make better decisions

Growing organisational complexity and proliferating digital communications are a recipe for poor decisions.

To improve the speed and quality of your decisions, categorise the type of decision being made and tailor your approach accordingly.

 

 

Establish a culture of shared goals

Success increases when your teams have the incentive to push towards shared goals.

A Tour de France team manager describes how to convince your employees to surrender individual dreams for the common good.

 

How to hire your next chief marketing officer

The top marketing job is a minefield where many talented executives fail. But if you design the role well in the first place, you’ll set up your CMO for success.

Follow these four steps to create the right CMO role from the beginning.

How to use data to choose your next leader

Rather than relying on subjective opinion, use assessment tools to identify talent and eliminate bias.

A strong talent pool is critical for success, and diversity is key to unlocking performance. Yet diversity is still scarce at the top of the largest corporations.

Writing for MIT Sloan Management Review, Stacey Philpot and Kelly Monahan say this means you’re missing out.

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Three ways to communicate clearly in changing times

To help people understand your strategic vision and implement the change you want, make sure you send the right signals.

This is especially important during times of strategic change.

Writing in Harvard Business Review, Elsbeth Johnson describes three signals that leaders often get wrong, causing confusion, or even the opposite of what they’ve asked for.

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How to conduct reviews effectively

Strategic and operational reviews often fail. 

Leaders spend three to five days per month being reviewed or reviewing someone else. But how useful are reviews? They typically take an hour or so, and half that time is wasted covering what’s already happened.

Writing in Ivey Business Journal, Himanshu Saxena explains why reviews often fail, and how to change your approach.

How to become a digital leader

In order to unlock the full potential of digital technologies and achieve “digital transformation”, your company must foster a digital leadership structure, writes Stijn Viaene for The European Business Review.

The aim is to enable your company to identify opportunities and take advantage of them quicker than your competitors.

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Maximising performance or just creating stress?

A leader should be skilled at getting the best out of coworkers. But all too often his or her leadership style can have the opposite effect.

Karen Firestone, writing for Harvard Business Review, has some advice on how to avoid leader-induced stress.

Start working ‘on’ your business, rather than ‘in’ it

Could you give up being the main driver and discover a more productive role in the company you created?

There comes a time when this fundamental shift will be the best way to keep your business growing, says Jim Krampen, Seven Corners Inc co-founder and executive officer, writing for Entrepreneur.

Three key incoming tactics of extraordinary leaders

John Loker

How can a CEO make an outstanding impression when moving to a new company?

Making the transition to a fresh role is a huge test for leaders in the contemporary business world. Getting your early moves right is vital if you want to get the existing team on board and guide the company to singular success.

Why your CIO can make or break your business

With digital data increasingly driving performance, it takes a strong, forward-thinking champion to make sure your organisation embraces that shift effectively.

These days the role of CIO goes way beyond overseeing your company’s computer technology. With businesses from all sectors adopting a digital-first strategy, the CIO holds a transformational position.

Four essential behaviours that set successful CEOs apart

A typical CEO looks almost nothing like the stereotypical one. Great CEOs excel at deciding, engaging, adapting and delivering. Look for these behaviours if you’re hiring one – and develop them if you want to be one.

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How to develop the next generation of leaders

Patrick Tomasso

Most leadership development programmes have a critical weakness: they view leaders as sets of competencies, not as individuals.

In today’s turbulent times we don’t need standardised leaders: we need individuals who work well in their context.

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Six ways to deal with an indecisive boss

Tai-Shan Schierenberg

Reporting to an indecisive boss is challenging and frustrating. Here’s how to turn the situation around.

Managers who can’t pick a course of action, or constantly change their minds, are infuriating. You waste time, switch direction, and your credibility and reputation suffers. So how can you help a wishy-washy manager make decisions?

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What problem are you trying to solve?

Terry Frost

There are few management skills more powerful – or underrated – than the discipline of articulating a clear problem statement before jumping into action.

There are few questions in business more powerful than: “What problem are you trying to solve?” – yet it is so rarely answered. Formulating a clear problem statement will unlock innovation and enable you to get more done, and with less...

Why it pays to show you care

Carol Robertson

Making your employees feel they matter is a powerful tool in the corporate world.

When a leader demonstrates concern for the wellbeing of his or her teams it generates a climate of safety and trust that positively impacts on their work.

Fostering a caring attitude can actively encourage an engaged and satisfied team as well as better productivity. But what if it doesn’t come...

Three ways to successfully adopt the ‘servant leader’ approach

John Kirby

Don’t be bossy. Use empathy and humility to create harmonious and thriving working relationships and watch the results.

If you tend to be an authoritarian or micromanager, there’s a good chance you are not getting the most out of your employees. But companies who embrace the servant leadership philosophy report a major impact on staff engagement, as well as the knock-on effect of...

Five ways to manage your emotions at work

Julie Cockburn

How to perform the ‘emotional labour’ of leadership while remaining true to yourself.

We’re all familiar with the ‘service with a smile’ provided by fast food servers, airline crew or nurses. Yet leaders have to perform ‘emotional labour’ too. Motivating or disciplining staff, appearing confident in uncertain times, and controlling personal feelings are all part of our working lives....

Are you trapped in a CEO bubble?

Kleio Gizeli

It’s easy to put yourself in a ‘good news’ cocoon. Get out of the office today and spend more time being wrong, being uncomfortable, and being quiet.

The CEO’s dilemma is that no new course of action can be launched without your say-so – yet your power and privilege insulate you from information that allows you to see threats or opportunities.

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It’s time to harness the power of empathy

Glenys Barton

If you want to improve performance across your business, science prescribes this surprise superpower.

What would you consider the top skill you need as a leader? Chances are you wouldn’t pick empathy. And what does the term really mean?

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