How do leaders and influencers emerge?
People usually think of leaders and influencers as imbued with special skills and qualities that propel them to success, high status and financial rewards. Self-help books on how to build leadership skills abound. New findings suggest our view of leadership is over-glorified.
Ways to preserve employee morale during cost-cutting
Layoffs, offshoring and other cost-cutting measures affect morale longer than most companies realize, challenging assumptions that shifts in job attitudes are temporary. Companies that invest in their remaining employees are less likely to see a plunge in morale.
Managers try to fix workplace injustices by giving employees secret perks
It's not unusual for middle managers to compensate victims of workplace injustice under the table—from extra vacation time, to higher travel allowances, to equipment they’re allowed to take home—creating an invisible wage system.
Love: How the feeling of power determines happy relationships
All power imbalance corrupts, and mostly what it corrupts are relationships. The secret to a happy romantic relationship is to make sure both partners feel they can decide on issues that are important to them.
Powerful people are less likely to be understanding when mistakes are made
Although they have more choices, those with more power still see others as having lots of choice, regardless of their situation. Powerful people assign more blame when people make mistakes or have shortcomings, thereby justifying the current hierarchy.
Fairness "important - but not enough"
Being treated fairly is important—but fairness alone isn’t enough to make people feel valued in a workplace. Distinctive treatment—where a person’s talents and qualities are recognized –provides this sense of value, while also reinforcing their sense of inclusion. It also promotes mental health.
A quick morning reflection could make you a better leader-even if you're not the boss!
Study participants who took a few moments each morning to reflect on who they wanted to be as a leader were more likely to report helping co-workers and providing strategic vision than on days they didn’t do the morning reflection. They also felt more leaderlike on those days, perceiving more power and influence in the office. The effects also extended to aspiring leaders.
Leaders take note: Feeling powerful can have a hidden toll
Power is generally considered a desirable thing and it’s rare for leaders to turn powerful roles down. However, many feel exhausted and overburdened by their work. Leaders with a propensity to worry and to experience stress are particularly sensitive to the costs and benefits that come with feeling powerful at work.
Campaign promises more likely to be kept by governments run by women
Governments with strong female representation are more likely to deliver on campaign promises. Promises are even more likely to be kept when women in government assume leadership roles.
Big name corporations more likely to commit fraud
Household name companies are more prone to engage in financial fraud - fudging the numbers, lying to investors - but by the time the fraud is discovered the CEO has probably long moved on.
Guilty! Richard III did murder "the Princes in the Tower"
King Richard III’s involvement in one of the most notorious and emotive mysteries in English history may be a step closer to being solved. One of the ultimate cold cases.
Abusive bosses 'fake nice' instead of 'make nice'
Supervisors are often driven by simply repairing their social image rather than making genuine amends and changing their behavior. Breaking the cycle of toxic behavior requires organizational leaders to implement zero-tolerance policies. Sanctions, rather than forgiveness, are more likely to change behaviors.
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