Companies rightly want ethnically diverse teams, to reflect the population of the countries that make up their customer base. But governing an ethnically diverse country is not without its challenges. A new study takes a look at the role of gender in successful leadership, and finds that the countries that pull off both economic success and diversity all have one variable in common: a female head of state.
If you've ever left a job because of a bad manager -- and you wouldn't be the first -- you know that having a good boss is an essential factor for job satisfaction and productivity. If you've ever managed everyone yourself, you know how hard it is to do well. Sometimes, it's hard to even understand what managing well entails. But recent analysis from Gallup shows that managers who do certain very specific things improve employee engagement, benefiting both workers and the company.
If you haven't heard the word "holacracy" yet, you will soon. The term refers to an organization without a traditional organizational hierarchy. Gone are the titles that indicate who gives the orders and who takes them. The question is, does scrubbing titles actually create an egalitarian workplace utopia -- or will there always be bosses, regardless of how hard a company tries structure itself without them?
Do you think you're a special person, or that the world would be a better place if you were in charge? You may or may not be right, but a recent study says you're more likely to ascend to a leadership position, if you have a little dash of narcissism in your makeup.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive and understand emotions, and to use this information to inform one's actions. On the surface, that seems like a great quality for a manager to have. In reality, there are some potential downsides to the emotionally intelligent boss. It all depends on the character of the person who's wielding that high EI.
Mental strength goes by a lot of different names: determination, tenacity, even confidence. But true toughness goes beyond all these terms. It's a quality of believing in yourself and your goals that can't be undone by obstacles (or obstructive people).