Leadership Insights

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June 24, 2020
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Beating the Pandemic by Design

Even long-established companies can use startup tactics to stabilize when markets plunge.

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April 30, 2020
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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.

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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.

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August 13, 2020
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Four Ways Good Leaders Become Great Ones

Build a company culture where both you and your employees thrive.

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August 5, 2020
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The Strategic Importance of Empathy

The key to dealing with difficult people is learning to widen your perspective.

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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.

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June 10, 2020
Audio

Stephen Curry: Shining in the Spotlight

On this podcast episode, the two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion discusses the life lessons he’s gleaned from being a parent, investor, philanthropist, and pro basketball sensation.

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July 31, 2020
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Eat, Sleep, Zoom

In the months since his company became a global verb, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan has never been busier. Or more exhausted. Or happier.

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June 2, 2020
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The Graceful Exit

How to shutter a business when the pandemic forces closure.
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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.

Latest Stories in Leadership

September 21, 2020
Video

Building Teams to Tackle the Most Challenging Problems

Yes, expertise matters. But diverse skill sets matter just as much — and perhaps even more — when it comes to solving hard problems.
September 3, 2020
Written

Schmoozing with Coworkers After Hours Has Professional Benefits — and Personal Costs

A new study shows that workers’ pay structure — hourly vs. salaried — affects how they perceive and spend their downtime.
August 28, 2020
Audio

Managing in the Moment: How to Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

In this episode, we discuss how to embrace failure and incorporate play into work.
August 13, 2020
Video

Four Ways Good Leaders Become Great Ones

Build a company culture where both you and your employees thrive.
August 5, 2020
Video

The Strategic Importance of Empathy

The key to dealing with difficult people is learning to widen your perspective.
July 31, 2020
Written

Eat, Sleep, Zoom

In the months since his company became a global verb, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan has never been busier. Or more exhausted. Or happier.
July 31, 2020
Written

Hard Lesson: How to Land Safely When a Firm Won’t Fly

Amanda North, MBA ’82, looks back on the painful experience of shutting down a business that had once been her dream.
July 31, 2020
Audio

Quick Think: How to Use Body Language When Confronting Objections

In this bonus episode, Stanford GSB lecturers share advice on how to position yourself when met with skepticism from your audience.
July 27, 2020
Video

Staying Sane and Effective When the World Is Upside-Down

Three ways we sabotage ourselves when we’re stressed and what to do about it.
July 23, 2020
Written

How to Be a Good Boss in Trying Times

Offering compassion, predictability, and control can help, say two Stanford experts.