Changing companies’ minds about women

Leaders who are serious about getting more women into senior management need a hard-edged approach to overcome the invisible barriers holding them back. Despite significant corporate commitment to the advancement of women’s careers, progress appears to have stalled. The percentage of women on boards and senior-executive teams remains stuck at around 15 percent in many […]

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True Leaders Are Also Managers

Ever have occasion to do an in-depth review of the academic and practical literature on leadership?  I have — twice in the past five years. The first time was for a 2006 book with Jeff Pfeffer, Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense. The second time was for my new book, Good Boss, Bad Boss. […]

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The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

First impressions are earned quickly, but it takes time for employees to figure out the impact you are attempting to create in your leadership role.  I’ve seen many leaders attempt to use their power and influence to impress their employees only to find this strategy backfiring because they were too aggressive – rather than taking […]

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4 Leadership Messages Your Talent Needs to Hear

Worried about a leadership shortage? Gazing at a thin management pipeline? Wondering how to get the most out of the talent you have? It’s time to expand and amplify your organization’s leadership by looking beyond your proven superstars and management-track talent. Young professionals and experienced individual contributors need to be part of the leadership equation, […]

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Fortune Top 50 Leaders: The Why

Fortune just published a list of the top 50 leaders. At the top of the list was Pope Francis. An excerpt about the Pope: “His hardest work lies ahead. And yet signs of a ‘Francis effect’ abound: In a poll in March, one in four Catholics said they’d increased their charitable giving to the poor […]

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8 Traps Successful Leaders Must Avoid

When an organization is performing well, investments in talent and innovation should be at full-throttle. As recent history has shown, companies tend to get complacent when they are on top, instead of sustaining their momentum through strategic focus. Great leaders know how to keep momentum alive by leveraging their distinct competitive advantages.   They remain hungry in […]

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Moving mind-sets on gender diversity: McKinsey Global Survey results

To ensure that corporate culture supports—not hinders—the ability of women to reach top management, companies must address mind-sets and develop a more inclusive, holistic diversity agenda. Female executives are ambitious and sure of their own abilities to become top managers, though they are much less confident that their companies’ cultures can support their rise. In […]

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