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Featured Leadership Articles


What Email Reveals About Your Organization

Email archive data presents patterns that managers can use to improve organizational performance.


How Workplace Fairness Affects Employee Commitment

Managers have an opportunity to interrupt a sometimes vicious cycle between trust and commitment.


Developing the Next Generation of Enterprise Leaders

Organizations need to help executives look beyond individual units toward the broader enterprise.


Tactics in Talent Management

Effective talent management and development can be a clear competitive advantage for companies.



Personal Development

How to Overcome a Power Deficit

Many factors can cause a talented executive to be ignored or sidelined within an organization. “The fact that I was right didn’t matter,” said one manager whose recommendations went unheeded. “What I hadn’t done was build sufficient internal credibility.” Fortunately, power deficits in legitimacy, critical resources and/or networks can almost always be overcome. Research looking at 179 executives found two basic strategies that worked: “playing the game” more effectively or ”changing the game.”

Does Deciding to Seek Advice Signal Weakness?

It’s common for people to worry that reaching out for advice will make them appear less competent, according to research from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School. But if the task is seen as difficult, the advice-seeker is actually viewed as more competent. In addition to establishing a connection between people’s willingness to ask for advice and others’ perceptions of their competence, the authors found that whom people ask for advice makes a difference in how they are viewed.


Offices, Teamwork, and You


Has Your Office Become a Lonely Place?

When many employees work offsite, a corporate office can become a lonelier and less productive place.


How to Manage Virtual Teams

With appropriate processes, virtual teams can even outperform their colocated counterparts.


The Workplace of the Future

Thanks to technology, the office of the future is going to look very different from what we’ve been used to.


Should Your Company Embrace Coworking?

Coworking spaces can open the door to serendipitous encounters that inspire different ways of thinking.

What Affects Decision-Making?

Why You Decide the Way You Do

December 16, 2014 | Bruce Posner

Curiosity about the decision-making process has heated up, attracting academics from neuroscience, management, behavioral economics and psychology. Researchers have found, for instance, that a willingness to ask for advice on difficult problems can increase a person’s perceived competence, and that too many choices can cause people to make less-than-optimal choices. Here, we highlight six scholarly articles that have intriguing insights into the factors that can affect decision-making.

Consensus Building vs. Directing


Why Managers Still Matter

Managerial authority is essential when decisions are time-sensitive, knowledge is concentrated and decisions need to be coordinated.


When Consensus Hurts the Company

Research offers insights into when trying to reach consensus is the right course, and when it isn’t.


How to Be a Better Boss

Asking reports if they would recommend their manager provides efficient management assessment.


Rethinking Leadership

Businesses need a new approach to the practice of leadership — and to leadership development.


The Elements of Good Leadership

What does it take to be an effective leader in today’s unpredictable and uncertain business environments?