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Book Review: Emotional Capitalists – The New Leaders

The notion that raw intelligence alone might not only be insufficient to predict success, but also an insufficient indicator of a person’s overall ability, effectiveness, and influence has actually been around for a long time. It has been suspected, faintly perceived, and cautiously hinted at for millennia. But people would listen to pithy quotes on the topic, nod their heads in recognition, and then, when push came to shove, make selection and promotion decisions on the basis of traditional intelligence assessments. For the past quarter of a century, though . . .

A doctor in the house

Some years ago, at an early peak in the frenzy stirred up by the modern leadership movement’s gurus, doctorates in fields generally related to leadership began to appear in universities across the United States. Most of these were designed to create PhDs in something called “leadership studies;” the intent, presumably, to develop the field into a professional avenue of scholarly study. Given the true state of our understanding of leadership at the time – what it is, where it comes from, how it works – that was at once a problematic and perhaps an overdue ambition. . .

Delegating authority

Your greatest problem as a manager is not the weight of responsibility you bear. That is, of course, a very real burden. But the reason it is not your biggest concern is precisely that there is nothing you can do about it. Except . . .

Reconciling leadership

The concept of the democratic workplace has gained a good bit of ground in recent times. A particularly interesting aspect of it is the idea that employees should be given “ownership” of the decisions they implement. One version of this theme goes so far as to insist that the more important the decision, the larger should be the group that makes it. The problem, though, is that in politics the core tenet of democracy is that . . .

Roundup: Holiday gift-giving guides

A potpourri of ideas for the holidays: Gifts for your ego. Did you know that you should buy your partner perfume that you like – not that you think he or she will like, or that some random fellow shopper in the store likes. Please see this illuminating essay from The Economist for the secrets […]