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What Makes a Leader? Executive Summary Reprint: R0401H When asked to define the ideal leader, many would emphasize traits such as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision—the qualities traditionally associated with leadership.

What Makes a Leader?

Such skills and smarts are necessary but insufficient qualities for the leader. Often left off the list are softer, more personal qualities—but they are also essential. Although a certain degree of analytical and technical skill is a minimum requirement for success, studies indicate that emotional intelligence may be the key attribute that distinguishes outstanding performers from those who are merely adequate. Psychologist and author Daniel Goleman first brought the term “emotional intelligence” to a wide audience with his 1995 book of the same name, and Goleman first applied the concept to business with this 1998 classic HBR article.

A version of this article appeared in the January 2004 issue of Harvard Business Review. Speech Critique: Dan Pink (TED 2009) 22 Social Media Marketing Solutions for Small Businesses. Social media marketing is an art form, and with the right social media marketing solution, business owners can master it.

22 Social Media Marketing Solutions for Small Businesses

Although social media platforms offer their own marketing tools — Twitter targeted ads, Facebook Pages, Google+ Local and Pinterest Promoted Pins, to name a few — social media marketing solutions streamline the process while helping businesses avoid alienating followers. Constantly pushing advertisements and sales copies no longer works on today's increasingly social-media-savvy consumers, which means businesses need to take on a more strategic, relationship-building approach. Here are 19 social media marketing solutions to help you get there. 1. Engagor — Real-time customer engagement platform.

What's the news in April? What's the news in March? What's the news in March? Organization Design - Project Management Tools from The Innovation Value Chain. Executives in large companies often ask themselves, “Why aren’t we better at innovation?”

The Innovation Value Chain

TV Viewing Slips as Streaming Booms, Nielsen Report Shows. SWOT Analysis - A Business Owner's Secret Weapon. Porter’s Five Forces. Understanding the dynamics of competitors within an industry is critical for several reasons.

Porter’s Five Forces

First, it can help to assess the potential opportunities for your venture, particularly important if you are entering this industry as a new player. It can also be a critical step to better differentiate yourself from others that offer similar products and services. One of the most respected models to assist with this analysis is Porter’s Five Forces Model.

This model, created by Michael E. Porter's Five Forces. The model of pure competition implies that risk-adjusted rates of return should be constant across firms and industries.

Porter's Five Forces

However, numerous economic studies have affirmed that different industries can sustain different levels of profitability; part of this difference is explained by industry structure. Michael Porter provided a framework that models an industry as being influenced by five forces. The strategic business manager seeking to develop an edge over rival firms can use this model to better understand the industry context in which the firm operates. How to Write a Mission Statement in 5 Easy Steps. Why You Need a Mission Statement. How to improve your business plan with one simple addition. We’ve all been there.

How to improve your business plan with one simple addition

We have come up with an idea for a new product or service that we think we can sell to our customers. We have written what we think is a bullet-proof business plan. We’ve gone ahead and built the new product, or purchased new inventory, or expanded our store assuming that, “if we build it, they will come.” Yet somehow, no matter how good we think the new product or service is, the customers just don’t buy. STRATEGIC ASSUMPTIONS: THE ESSENTIAL (AND MISSING) ELEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN. Strange Organizational Culture of A&F Headquarters.

“Did I not tell you it was supposed to be casual?”

Strange Organizational Culture of A&F Headquarters

Was the first thing my interviewer said to me when I showed up at Abercrombie’s corporate headquarters in 2007. I was dressed for my first “big kid" job — tie, jacket, suit. She was wearing a fleece and jeans. I immediately rolled up my sleeves and ditched the tie (I probably looked like the end of a wedding), and surprisingly, the rest of the interview went well. A week later, the job was mine. Orientation was relatively typical, focused on the story of A&F starting as an outfitter in New York City. The corporate culture seemed image-obsessed. Management Theories & Concepts at the Workplace. Business forum: Taylorism after 100 years is turbocharged. Four differences between managerial & leadership skills. The terms managerial skills and leadership skills are often used interchangeably.

Four differences between managerial & leadership skills

In some situations, switching between the two terms does work. Ultimately though, they bear slightly different meanings. What are the nuisances that set these two apart? Professional vs. Casual Generally, managerial skills is the more professional of the two terms. Tom Brady explains fourth quarter of Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX. It’s understandable when a stunning event overwhelms a career-defining event, the way it did in Super Bowl XLIX eight days ago.

Tom Brady explains fourth quarter of Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX

We spent three or four days piling on Pete Carroll for a call that seemed (and still seems) foolhardy, a decision that cost Seattle a second straight Super Bowl victory and a decision vital to the fourth Super Bowl title of the Belichick/Brady Era. We Need Project Leadership, Not Management.