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Archive: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Weekend reads: At last, a leadership app?

It's Friday! Time for our weekly roundup of picks, pans and pointless pleasures, starting with my attempt to create an ultimate leadership summer reading list.

By Jena McGregor | July 16, 2010; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

If succession planning was the NBA draft

If only succession planning worked like the NBA draft. Federal managers, corporate executives and nonprofit leaders could fill their open spots by picking from a pool of the most talented candidates in the country.

By Jena McGregor | July 15, 2010; 4:24 AM ET | Comments (4)

AIG's Harvey Golub: Is leaving good leadership?

To put it mildly, AIG has had a hard time keeping CEOs, and Golub couldn't be more correct when he writes that it's "it is easier to replace a chairman than a CEO." If leadership is defined by sacrificing one's own needs--or ego--for the good of the company, Golub is providing it.

By Jena McGregor | July 14, 2010; 10:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

George Steinbrenner: The unfashionable leader

Steinbrenner's brand of leadership was hardly one to emulate. But somehow, despite all the ways he went wrong, it worked.

By Jena McGregor | July 13, 2010; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (3)

How the military turned 'mentorship' into a paying profession

The military may have simply labeled these contractors "mentors," when they were in fact well-compensated advisers. But this is more than just a matter of semantics. Does the military lack the in-house leadership it needs?

By Jena McGregor | July 13, 2010; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (16)

Well-paid CEOs are mean? Bigger families produce better leaders?

The study of leadership is a murky science--one that all too often traffics in common-sense cliches and mind-numbingly obvious findings. Sometimes, the result is unintentionally funny.

By Jena McGregor | July 12, 2010; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

What BP's Tony Hayward can learn from World Cup coaches

I'm sorry to see the World Cup end. Not because I'm much of a soccer fan--like most Americans, I like my football with helmets, elaborate tailgates, and enough scoring to actually keep me interested. But as a student of leadership, this month-long global tournament has really been the gift that keeps on giving.

By Jena McGregor | July 12, 2010; 5:24 AM ET | Comments (5)

About 'PostLeadership'

Behind each story on wayward generals, overpaid CEOs and grandstanding politicians lies a new chance to learn about this muddy thing we call leadership. With real-time lessons like these, who needs an MBA?

By Jena McGregor | July 11, 2010; 11:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

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July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010 Archives