21Feb 2007

About Leadership: Asking the Right Questions

The final article on leadership in the January 2007 American Psychologist ,“Asking the Right Questions About Leadership” by J. Richard Hackman and Ruth Wageman, attempts to summarize the issues raised by the authors of the key contributing articles. Hackman & Wageman suggest that a new set of questions need to be asked to better understand leadership. They contrast previously asked

11Feb 2007

Leadership = Wisdom + Intelligence + Creativity (synthesized)

Robert Sternberg is one of my favorite authors. He has written a wonderful book entitled, Successful Intelligence. In the January 2007 American Psychologist he summarizes his “systems model of leadership.” Although he agrees that “the environment strongly influences” the display of leadership, Sternberg clearly believes there are characteristics that set leaders apart from others. CREATIVITY. Leaders are able to generate

08Feb 2007

Leadership May Not Come From Leaders But From Situations That Demand Leadership

As I have stated in an earlier post, the January 2007 edition of the American Psychologist reviews the psychological research on leadership. I would like to share some thoughts from a fascinating article entitled, “The Role of the Situation in Leadership” by Victor Vroom (professor at Yale) & Arthur Jago (professor at the University of Missouri). The authors start out

21Jan 2007

Psychologists are finally getting around to studying leadership

I just received the 2007 January edition of the American Psychologist, which is the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association. This whole edition is dedicated to the topic of leadership. This fact, in and of itself, is amazing. As Robert Sternberg, one of the foremost research psychologists on leadership states in the foreword: “The United States became a great

31Oct 2006

Data before Decisions: Common Quagmires People Get Entrapped In

Recently, I have been consulting with a variety of executives, family members, and family business owners – all in different circumstances. But I have been seeing a common theme among many of them – struggles in making difficult decisions. In many of these situations, the individuals (who need to make the decisions) are expending a lot of time and energy

23Oct 2006

A Major Obstacle to Growing as a Leader: Blaming Others

Due to the fact that I have worked as a psychologist and family coach over the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of observing and interacting with thousands of individuals and families. Obviously, some people are more healthy and functional than others. And it is clear that we all have problems, so the existence or experience of having

28Sep 2006

Great new book on Leadership

There are books that come along that are destined to have a major impact in our culture. I believe Dr. Henry Cloud’s book, Integrity: The courage to meet the demands of reality may be such a book. Like Jim Collins’ Good to Great which has become an icon in the business world because of its simple yet powerful message, Cloud’s

05Sep 2006

Emotional Intelligence & Lessons Learned from Millionaires

This past Sunday, one of the lead articles in Parade magazine (the magazine inserted into millions of Sunday newspapers) was on emotional intelligence. The article was written by Daniel Goleman, who is one of the “founding fathers” of the concept of emotional intelligence and who has written groundbreaking books on the subject (I personally have found Working with Emotional Intelligence

21Aug 2006

Don’t Leave!! What Do You Want? — Key Concepts for Retaining Employees (It’s easier than hiring new ones)

One of the biggest headaches for employers and managers is the process of finding new employees. Employee hiring takes a lot of time and emotional energy and most managers are not trained in the process. Add to this scenario the fact that there is a shortage of quality employees in a number of fields. For example, in a recent article

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