Leadership

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A reporter wearing protective gloves waits to ask a question to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during a news conference in New York City, New York, U.S., March 24, 2020. Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar
April 6, 2020
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The Crisis Leadership Playbook

Don’t just tell your constituents how you’re responding to the pandemic, a Stanford expert says. Ask them what they want, listen to them, and then engage.

Insights

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April 30, 2020
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How Narcissistic Leaders Destroy from Within

When the person at the top is malignant and self-serving, unethical behavior cascades through the organization and becomes legitimized.

Insights

A man speaks to reporters about the response to the coronoavirus outbreak. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
April 16, 2020
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Responding to Crisis: A Spotlight on Your Organization

Rather than be derailed by crises, seize the opportunity to articulate what you stand for — at a time when everyone is listening.

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April 14, 2020
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Joel Peterson: How Entrepreneurs Should Lead in Times of Crisis

Face hard truths, act decisively, lean on your board, and communicate “lavishly,” says the JetBlue chairman.

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Signs that read “suspend rent” and “fear causes racism” are pictured on a boarded-up business in Seattle during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond
April 23, 2020
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Contagion, Xenophobia, and Leadership

Infectious diseases such as COVID-19 trigger both disgust and fear. Combined, those can trigger a misguided search for a scapegoat.
Woman sitting in class listening to a lecture

Leadership in Focus is a large collection of case vignettes, teaching, and learning resources that bring real-world business challenges to life and spark lively discussions aimed at improving executive skills. Each short video is accompanied by teaching notes for added context, suggested discussion questions and role-playing ideas to help engage groups of managers in learning experiences of their own. Leaders may also experience the cases online with opportunities to calibrate their thinking for actionable insights.

Tips and guidance for remote work and successfully navigating the virtual workplace.

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April 28, 2020
Written

Power: What It Means to Have It — and How to Reclaim It

We all know what it looks like to use power badly. A new book shows us how it can be used well.

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May 28, 2020
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How to Launch in a Pandemic

Venture funding may be scarce right now, but it does exist — especially for ideas that meet the moment.
May 26, 2020
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The Hidden Social Advantage

We tend to reward the overconfidence of upper-class individuals, even when they get it wrong.
May 26, 2020
Audio

The Science of Influence: How to Persuade Others And Hold Their Attention

In this podcast episode, we discuss communication techniques that can help open people up to your ideas.
May 11, 2020
Written

COVID-19 Is Having an Immediate and Alarming Impact on Latino-Owned Businesses

In a Stanford survey, nearly two-thirds say they will be out of business in six months if current trends continue.
April 30, 2020
Written

How Narcissistic Leaders Destroy from Within

When the person at the top is malignant and self-serving, unethical behavior cascades through the organization and becomes legitimized.
April 30, 2020
Written

Jeffrey Pfeffer: COVID-19 Changes Everything — and Nothing — about Managing Workers

For employers, best practices during a pandemic are no different than before: take care of your people.
April 28, 2020
Written

Power: What It Means to Have It — and How to Reclaim It

We all know what it looks like to use power badly. A new book shows us how it can be used well.
April 24, 2020
Audio

Quick Thinks: How Being Present Improves Communication

In this “Quick Thinks” podcast episode, Stanford improv experts share advice on getting out of our heads and into the moment at hand.
April 23, 2020
Written

Contagion, Xenophobia, and Leadership

Infectious diseases such as COVID-19 trigger both disgust and fear. Combined, those can trigger a misguided search for a scapegoat.
April 23, 2020
Written

Reading Through the Pandemic

A Stanford business scholar discusses the literature that can sustain us in a crisis.