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Archive: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Blind obedience need not apply

Smart leaders lead by identifying the big goals, communicating them to their teammates, gathering the resources to get the job done, and licensing their junior leaders to lead.

By Donald Kettl | April 23, 2010; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lead through your boss

As a junior leader, you lead first and foremost with your ideas, backed by your gumption

By John Baldoni | April 22, 2010; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Distributed leadership at work

Today 'command and control' at the top is going the way of the buggy whip and being replaced by 'distributed leadership' where junior leaders act when the situation demands.

By Deborah Ancona | April 22, 2010; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ignoring Robert E. Lee

General John Buford didn't wait for orders at the battle of Gettysburg and gained the high ground for the Union army. But other leaders who acted autonomously at Gettysburg were not so successful.

By Michael Maccoby | April 22, 2010; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The stretch assignment

Stretch assignments are the most challenging, and thus satisfying. After all, "Our stars must glisten with new fire, or be today extinct."

By Ken Adelman | April 22, 2010; 1:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Crossing the Euphrates

Leading in the absence of specific guidance requires competence and confidence. The latter without the former is called recklessness.

By West Point Cadets | April 22, 2010; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Age of the millennial

For many millenials, its always the right time to 'take charge.'

By Coro Fellows | April 22, 2010; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nordstrom's one and only rule

Can you think of a more potent prescription for chaos than inviting everyone in an organization to rely solely on good judgment when making decisions?

By Carol Kinsey Goman | April 22, 2010; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Horse-back lessons

My instructor helped me see myself as someone who could be fearless and confident, even as a puny kid on a huge horse.

By Jon Cowan | April 22, 2010; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bring your kids to work, build new leaders

By taking our children to work we can give them the strength to pursue their goals and inspire them to strive for the top, regardless of their gender.

By Marie Wilson | April 22, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leaps of faith

Responding to a crisis such as the volcanic earthquake in Iceland takes more than a gut feeling.

By Columbia University students | April 21, 2010; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Mission accomplished?'

Airline CEOs taking to the skies this week in test flights, like George Bush declaring 'mission accomplished' in 2003, was premature and dangerously distracting.

By Amy Fraher | April 21, 2010; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fly your leadership flag

Leaders are symbols themselves - and those most affected by disaster situations want to see the flag raised high.

By Robert Goodwin | April 21, 2010; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hope for the future

On a day-to-day level, senior leaders may not impact us that much. But when crisis hits, senior leaders are the ones who can provide meaning and give hope.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | April 20, 2010; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quiet symbolism

Symbolism doesn't have to be dramatic, but it's a big factor in keeping a team together and getting results.

By Barry Salzberg | April 20, 2010; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

What is humanly possible

In situations where fear can paralyze followers, leaders can make a difference when they simply take action.

By West Point Cadets | April 20, 2010; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (5)

Doing rather than saying

For today's skeptical employee audiences, rhetoric without action quickly disintegrates into empty slogans and company propaganda.

By Carol Kinsey Goman | April 20, 2010; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rising to the occasion

Leadership is as much about symbolism as about anything else. By taking part in these test flights, the CEOs of British Airways and KLM are letting passengers know that they are confident that air travel is safe again.

By Yash Gupta | April 20, 2010; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Receding airlines

It was Sy Sperling who showed what it meant to share risk with your customers: 'I'm not only the Hair Club president, I'm also a client.'

By Coro Fellows | April 20, 2010; 5:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Present, visible and empathetic

We know the CEOs aren't the ones running experiments on the ash, but we want them on that plane. We feel safer.

By Ed O'Malley | April 20, 2010; 5:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not of their making

Perhaps working in the airlines favor more than symbolism is the fact that the crisis was not necessarily one of their own making.

By Erika James | April 20, 2010; 5:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injecting his own vaccine

Jonas Salk injected himself with the polio vaccine to show the world that he truly believed it was safe. He lived his commitment.

By Marshall Goldsmith | April 20, 2010; 5:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

The undercover bosses

By showing that they are not above the crisis, but rather in the crisis with everyone else, KLM's Hartman and British Airways' Walsh are being the not-so-undercover bosses that everyone wants.

By Scott DeRue | April 20, 2010; 5:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crazy Horse in action

Every organization should be so fortunate as to be led by men and women who know how to lead from the front.

By John Baldoni | April 20, 2010; 5:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Personal committment

It is extremely important for leaders to demonstrate their personal commitment to an uncertain path they propose pursuing.

By George Daly | April 20, 2010; 5:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live in Happyville

Putting one's money where one's mouth is is not only good common sense; it might also form the basis for good corporate and perhaps even regulatory policy.

By Paul R. Portney | April 20, 2010; 5:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

God still in charge

The symbolic actions of the airline executives is good public relations.

By Kurt Schmoke | April 20, 2010; 4:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Transcript: John Buford at Gettysburg

John Buford is the kind of leader that every organization dreams about having; he is a man that understands the big picture and is not afraid to make decisions.

By On Leadership video transcripts | April 19, 2010; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (9)

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