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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.

Influencing behaviour to shape corporate culture

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

Those wishing to avoid or combat denial can make use of these:

Five tips on compassionate leadership

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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?

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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

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On Fortune, 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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

Why leaders need feedback as much as anyone else in the organisation

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As executives become more senior, they receive less leadership coaching and become increasingly confused about their performance and developmental needs, writes Robert S. Kaplan for McKinsey Quarterly.

What do your employees want from you?

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On HBR.org's blog, Dr Cleve Stevens, a leadership consultant to CEOs in the Fortune 500, details four key things employees need from leaders.

Stevens expresses his belief that transformational leaders have the ability to challenge their people to grow professionally, personally, emotionally and intellectually.

Survival guide for new CEOs

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Writing for McKinsey Quarterly, former McKinsey managing director Ian Davis offers valuable advice to new chief executive officers in the form of a 'letter to a newly appointed CEO'.

A.G. Lafley's four leadership lessons for chief executive officers

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In Harvard Business Review, Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley highlights the things that only a company's chief executive officer can do.

The enduring wisdom and advice of the late Peter Drucker

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The November 2009 issue of Harvard Business Review celebrated the centenary of the birth of the management guru Peter Drucker, pointing out that the knowledge he shared during his lifetime is still very relevant to various situations the world finds itself in today.

How do you motivate workers in a difficult economic climate?

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One of the most important and toughest challenges managers have to face up to is motivating workers during the recession - and this is the subject of Emily Thornton's interview with John Katzenbach, CEO of Katzenbach Partners, at Businessweek.com.

Could the success of an organisation depend on the mood of the management?

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David Bolchover of Management Today reports that a leader's attitude is "highly contagious" and therefore managers have to set the mood of the workplace in order to lift others.

The most common errors of management and how to correct them

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On BusinessWeek.com, Aubrey C. Daniels lists some of the most widely used but ineffective management practices, and suggests more suitable alternatives.

Among the misguided management practices listed are:

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