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Inspiring Hero or Humble Diplomat? The Core Functions of a Leader

The theory of evolution argues that survival depends on adaptation to the environment. Biological, psychological and behavioural characteristics in living things evolve or emerge in an ongoing battle to survive in a changing environment. Through the prism of evolution, leadership emerged because of the social needs of groups—that is, leadership is necessary for groups to […]

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Narcissistic Leaders Negatively Impact Different Employees in Different Ways

Research has identified as non-productive the narcissistic tendencies of a leader, such as a grandiose sense of self-importance and need for constant admiration, that have a negative impact on the organization. In contrast, productive narcissistic tendencies, such as charm and the drive to push through adversity, can have a positive impact. A new study examines […]

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Promotion-Focus CEOs and CFOs Drive Strategic Growth

In the language of psychology, individuals who are more afraid of missing opportunities than taking risks are considered promotion-focused. Their counterparts are individuals who are more afraid of taking risks than missing opportunities; these are prevention-focused individuals.  A study of U.S CEOs and CFOs (the latter considered the second most influential executive in strategic decisions) […]

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CEOs-Gender-biased Formative Years Has a Negative Economic Impact

New research into the personal history and decisions of division managers, CEOs and directors of nearly 360 S&P 1500 industrial conglomerates reveals the extent of the gender bias that exists in large corporations, and highlights some of the surprising origins of the bias. Specifically, the in-depth study led to the following findings: 1. CEOs are […]

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Can Leaders Be Too Smart?

In general, previous research shows a linear relationship between intelligence and perceived leadership effectiveness, with the line heading steadily northeast (the more intelligent, the higher your actual and perceived leadership capabilities). Intuitively, this would seem to make sense: you need smart people to make the right decisions, to resolve problems or even to gather and inspire […]

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