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Featured Leadership Articles

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What Successful Project Managers Do

Successful project managers often combine elements of traditional and agile approaches to project management.

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Does Deciding to Seek Advice Signal Weakness?

A willingness to ask for advice on difficult problems can increase your perceived competence.

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The Other Talent War: Competing Through Alumni

It's smart to be on good terms with former employees. Recent research highlights the upside to following competitors’ former employees, too.

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Managing Your Career

Assembling Your Personal Board of Advisors

March 16, 2015 | Yan Shen, Richard D. Cotton and Kathy E. Kram

The notion that one mentor can meet all of an individual’s developmental needs is increasingly outdated. Instead, many people now draw from a "personal board of advisors," which can encompass a range of individuals, from friends or family who provide emotional support to role models the person may not personally know. The authors identify six types of personal advisors who, together, provide a broad combination of psychosocial support and career support.

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Strategies in Organizational Structure

Do businesses run better with an egalitarian organization or with top-down management? What about a combination of both? These articles explore a variety of approaches to organizational structure.

Leading Your Team

Why Managers Still Matter

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

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Managing the Human Cloud

Tapping a virtual, on-demand workforce requires new management models and skills.

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Leading Your Team
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Sleep, a “Key to Human Sustainability”

Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource

December 16, 2014 | Christopher M. Barnes and Gretchen Spreitzer

Simple as it sounds, regular sleep is the best antidote for a fatigued or stressed-out workforce. But many modern workplaces condone practices that are not conducive to healthy sleep schedules, with leaders setting the expectation that others need to be at the office at all hours of the day and night. The authors argue that managers should “allow employees to separate from work when the workday is finished” and think of sleep as a strategic resource that is a key to human sustainability.

Are You a Steady Hand in a Sea of Uncertainty?

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Leaders need to be prepared to handle whatever comes their way — from sharp changes in the competitive landscape to unexpected external crises to internal projects that veer off course. Open access to this group of MIT Sloan Management Review articles on managing uncertainty is provided courtesy of Wharton Executive Education.

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Are You a ‘Vigilant Leader’?

CEOs need to scan for the faint — but vital — signals that will help give their companies an edge.

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Cultivating Teamwork

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When Consensus Hurts the Company

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

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Teamwork Plus Creativity Equals Engagement

Employees can be inspired to perform better if their creativity is challenged through teamwork.

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Accelerating Projects by Encouraging Help

Making it safe to be honest about when projects are getting off track can promote cooperative behavior.

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Reinventing Employee Onboarding

Employee orientation practices that focus on individual identity can lower employee turnover.