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

April 13, 2012
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Why Feelings of Guilt May Signal Leadership Potential

Stanford GSB researchers find that how people respond to mistakes can be a "clue to who they are."
March 20, 2012
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Behavior Lessons for Leadership and Teamwork

Body language is critical to your effectiveness in working with other people, says social psychology researcher Deborah Gruenfeld.
March 1, 2012
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Frank Flynn: Gratitude, the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Research findings suggest that when helpers are thanked for their efforts, the resulting sense of being socially valued is critical in encouraging them to provide more help in the future.
February 29, 2012
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West Bank Program for Children Takes Holistic Approach

An investment banker looks to build a sustainable model for alleviating poverty in a Middle East village.
February 24, 2012
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Stanley McChrystal on Leading in Tough Situations

The retired four-star general discusses six ways to manage those who report to you — and influence those who don't.
February 21, 2012
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Alvaro Uribe: “I Did It Because It Was a Necessity”

The former Colombian president discusses how his tough leadership style helped him defeat guerillas and foster peace and prosperity.
February 8, 2012
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No Easy Remedy for Symphony Orchestra “Cost Disease”

In a new book, Professor Robert Flanagan tells why symphony orchestras need multiple strategies to keep their finances from ballooning out of control.
December 16, 2011
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Ian Davis: The Five Things Successful Leaders Do

The retired senior partner at McKinsey explains how these traits are more important than organizational rank.
November 18, 2011
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Kent Thiry: Developing Successful Leaders Takes a Village

The CEO of DaVita says management can be taught, but leadership is a skill that requires learning about yourself and other human beings.
November 17, 2011
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Guy Kawasaki: Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs

A venture capitalist shares the wisdom from the late Apple founder, including how getting it "wrong" can be right.