Leadership

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A businessman walks across the street, wheeling a bag. | Reuters/Yuya Shino
January 6, 2017
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Do Corporate Boards Pick the Best CEOs?

Research shows what happens to succession winners and losers.

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Renee James, Kent Thiry, Meg Whitman, Mitt Romney, Jill Abramson, Doug Leone, Sue Desmond Hillmann, Sir Alex Ferguson | Natalie White and Stacy Geiken
December 26, 2016
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What Matters Most to Top Business and Political Leaders

Meg Whitman, Mitt Romney, and others share their priorities in life.

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Three blind students lead one another | Dave Power | Courtesy of the Perkins School for the Blind
December 6, 2016
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Bringing a Business Mindset to Educating Visually Impaired Students

The country’s oldest school for blind students turns to mobile apps, online courses, and driverless cars.

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A man watches videos on his phone | Reuters/Damir Sagolj
December 15, 2016
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Seven Popular Business Videos of 2016

Faculty and guest speakers on topics ranging from storytelling to simplicity.

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Participants of the "Start Up Chile" program at work | Reuters/Ivan Alvarado
December 14, 2016
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How to Build a Better Startup Team

Take time to ensure that your earliest hires fit your company culture.

Leadership in Focus is a large collection of short videos that bring to life real-world business challenges 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.

Learn to build management teams, encourage professional development, and create a productive culture within your corporation or business.

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A man looks through binoculars | Reuters/Luke MacGregor
December 19, 2016
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A Look Back at 2016

Read 10 Stanford Business stories from the past year, including pieces on work-life balance, power, and management.

Latest Stories in Leadership

July 3, 2014
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Ron Johnson: “It’s Not About Speed. It’s About Doing Your Best”

The former CEO of JCPenney discusses Apple, Target, and lessons learned from a 30-year career in retail.
June 23, 2014
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Marc Andreessen: “We Are Biased Toward People Who Never Give Up.”

The venture capitalist discusses Silicon Valley’s changing tech landscape and why failure is overrated.
June 5, 2014
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How Mindy Grossman Turned Around HSN

The CEO discusses customer service, disruption, and the bottom line.
June 2, 2014
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How Successful Leaders Avoid “Social Good Fatigue”

People who choose to work in the social sector benefit from a sense of mission about their work. But how do social sector leaders sustain their motivation, commitment, and passion over the long haul?
May 29, 2014
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MasterCard CEO: Challenge Conventional Wisdom

The payments technology executive discusses the cash economy, staying humble, and knowing when it's time to move on.
May 27, 2014
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Mary Barra: “I’m Not In a Startup, But a Start-Over”

The new head of General Motors discusses leadership, culture, and how to prepare for what you can’t control.
May 19, 2014
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Lorenzo Zambrano: Thoughts on Business, Leadership, and Life

The Stanford GSB alumnus turned Mexico’s Cemex into a multinational powerhouse — and transformed lives along the way.
May 8, 2014
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Ryan Caldbeck: "What Matters Is Integrity."

The cofounder of CircleUp discusses great advice, difficult lessons, and why he became an entrepreneur.
May 1, 2014
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Hau Lee: A Surprising Formula for Improved Supply Chain Performance

Responsible supply chain practices are associated with lower operating costs and improved overall performance.
April 30, 2014
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The Quotable Oprah Winfrey

The TV star shares her views on failure, luck, and what her own Lean In-style book would be called.