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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.

Setting goals: how to map the road ahead

Peter Vanden Bos explores the subject of business goals and how to set them on Inc.com, pointing out that smart CEOs might well understand the value of drawing a clear road map, but working out which direction to take is not easy task.

Why you have to manage as well as lead

On the HBR.org Blog Network, Robert I. Sutton insists that true leaders are also managers, and any belief to the contrary can have a negative effect on the way those in leadership positions do their job.

The art of creating a positive workforce

On Bloomberg Businessweek, John R. Ryan gives some advice to leaders looking to lift their employees' morale and productivity.

Ryan believes leaders who want to inject positivity into an organisation should start with themselves.

A guide to good leadership: the 12 key beliefs you need for success

On HBR.org's 'Conversation' blog, Robert I. Sutton asks: "What makes a boss great?" and answers it by highlighting 12 things good bosses believe.

Unite and innovate: cut out conflict

In Harvard Business Review, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble discuss the conflict that sometimes arises between innovation teams and the people responsible for day-to-day operations. They believe the solution lies in organising an innovative initiative as a partnership of both entities.

Overcoming the obstacles to change

On Forbes.com, Sangeeth Varghese discusses the "refreshing advice" found in a book by Chip and Dan Heath called Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.

Why the well-being of your employees really matters to your organisation

According to Tom Rath and Jim Harter of Forbes.com, your well-being and that of your employees is a serious business matter as it affects both profits and productivity – for better or worse.

They say the well-being of workers is in fact a "quantifiable and manageable lever" which affects an organisation's bottom line.

Lessons in silent leadership

It is possible for leaders to communicate more effectively without words than with them, insists John Baldoni, writing for his HBR.org blog, adding that "what matters is poise and conviction".

How to make your leadership decisions more reliable

The McKinsey Quarterly website features a discussion on how to test your decision-making skills and when to trust your gut instincts.

Learn how to use power effectively

Power – and how to use it properly – is the subject under discussion by Jeffrey Pfeffer in Harvard Business Review. According to the author, it's increasingly important.

What do your employees want from you?

Dr Cleve Stevens, a leadership consultant to CEOs in the Fortune 500, details four key things employees need from leaders.

Improve your financial decision making

The McKinsey Quarterly website offers a chief executive's guide to corporate finance, revealing four principles to help leaders make great financial decisions "even without the help of the chief financial officer".

How to inspire excellence in others

What can leaders do to inspire and nurture excellence in those they lead? That's the question addressed by Tony Schwartz on his HBR.org blog.

Schwartz offers six key steps leaders can take to fuel excellence among their people, as follows:

Why you should concentrate on your reliable employees

On Bloomberg Businessweek Harold L. Sirkin discusses a management dilemma that he calls the "Rule of 98/2".

Is arrogance destroying your company?

Your arrogance has the potential to ruin your company, according to Alaina Love of Bloomberg Businessweek. In fact, it might already be doing so. If you're letting talented people walk away or giving yourself credit you don't deserve, you could be setting up your business to fail.

Total communication is the key to success

Communication breeds success, says IBM executive Sharon Nunes on Bloomberg Businessweek, and managers should not fear transparency when dealing with supervisors, superiors or clients.

The complexity of being a great leader

On his HBR.org blog, Tony Schwartz explores leadership greatness, and discovers it's more complicated than it might seem.

Reinvent your business or run out of room to grow

Paul Nunes and Tim Breene urge you to "reinvent your business before it's too late" in Harvard Business Review.

When the going gets tough... the tough take risks

Ron Ashkenas uses his blog on HBR.org to state the case for taking risks in tough times.

He observes that the first instinct in times of stress and confusion is to stop taking risks and revert to the safest possible behaviour.

Ten lessons in leadership from Jack Welch

According to leadership legend Jack Welch, great leaders possess a “generosity gene” that produces inspiration for helping people grow.

15 ways to judge leadership suitability

Not all leaders deserve the position they hold, or even the title of ‘leader’. In other words, all leaders aren’t created equal.

That’s the observation of Mike Myatt, writing for Forbes.com. He comments: “If you really want to determine someone’s leadership prowess, give them some responsibility and see what they do with it.”

Why there’s no shortcut to good leadership

Many organisations think they can solve problems by giving their workers a recommended reading list or sending them on a one-day management programme. However, there is no magic pill for great leadership.

That’s a conclusion Roberta Matuson has arrived at after interviewing a number of executives for her book, The Magnetic Workplace (Nicholas Brealey, 2013).

The Chief Strategy Officer: which type does your organisation need?

The role of Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) is relatively new in business, but it’s increasingly significant. The duties involved can vary depending on the organisation, and it’s important for boards and CEOs to identify the kind of CSO they need.

The four signs of great leadership

Tony Schwartz uses his blog on HBR.org to highlight the attributes that every great leader needs – and few actually possess.

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