Fresh Look – The paradox of authoritarian leadership success

Those of us interested in office politics explain the success of strict, detail-oriented, centralized leaders by contending that they must have enormous political power. Unless they rose to their positions through luck, we find ourselves admiring the political moves these…

Fresh Look – Get with the arts

A new study revealed something I have always known—the arts are good for you and your followers.[1] Based on responses from over thirty thousand people, the results show that greater engagement with the arts predicts greater prosociality (volunteering and charitable…

Fresh Look – Two routes to executive performance

A new study demonstrates that CEOs have two paths to their organization’s success: humility and vision.[1] Humility requires that they eschew narcissism and be active feedback seekers. Rather than expressing bombastic charisma, they exhibit a sense of calmness and inquisitiveness.[2]…

Fresh Look – Encourage your followers to have fun in the evenings

To the extent that you can, try to get your followers to kick up their heels in the evening. A new study shows that when they do, they are more likely to experience recovery from work and return fresh for…

Fresh Look – Superbosses

Have you seen the book, Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent?[1] It describes leaders who find and attract talent and help them attain a very high level of performance and accomplishment. In short, superbosses are world-class coaches.[2]…

Fresh Look – leaders who need to be loved (continued)

Causes What causes leaders to need to be loved? First, it may be due to early childhood rejection experiences by parents or other care givers.[1] This may leave adults leaders insecure in their work relationships. Such “anxious-resistant” individuals worry that…

Fresh Look – Leaders who need to be loved

Everyone knows that effective leadership can’t be a popularity contest, but some leaders lead with an inordinate concern that their followers like, admire, and respect them. Instead of attending to the work and focusing on results, their concern is with…

Fresh look – Humble leadership

Leadership scholars have long sought an answer to the question of what qualities separate good leaders from bad ones. By focusing on leaders in the normal range of the population, they overlooked qualities that differentiated between good and great leaders….

Does workplace fun promote informal learning?

This question is not about fun in the classroom; it concerns the workplace and it is about learning that occurs spontaneously, not after instruction. A new study shows that fun at work does indeed enhance employee learning.[1] Fun may be…

Gender and leadership

In several studies, women have been shown to have a lower motivation to lead others than men.[1] If you mentor or manage women who you think are capable of leading or if you are a woman yourself, there are several…