Improving leadership begins with mindfulness, selflessness and compassion, according to authors Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, who surveyed tens of thousands of leaders. "Leaders who manage their mind in a way that creates less unconscious bias will be able to see the potential of their people and therefore will foster a stronger sense of commitment with their team," writes Jennifer V. Miller.
Remind yourself that although you've delivered the same speech many times, this is the first time your next audience will hear it, writes Molly Page, a speaker and tour guide. You won't always feel at your best, so take a few minutes beforehand to remind yourself why this speech matters, she writes.
Facts are being disproved and replaced at an increasing rate, which demands more effort toward efficient, ongoing learning while pushing people to specialize, writes Shane Parrish. "The problem is that specializing also makes it easier to see the world through the narrow focus of your specialty, makes it harder to work with other people (as niches are often dominated by jargon), and makes you prone to overvalue the new and novel," he writes.
Leaders should bring an organization's mission to every event involving stakeholders, says Andrew Lunetta, executive director of A Tiny Home for Good. "It surprises me sometimes, how a leader can somehow get to where they are without knowing how it feels from an employees' perspective, without a real understanding or even an embracing of the mission," he says.
Stockholders of both companies voted Tuesday to approve CVS Health's purchase of health insurer Aetna. The $69 billion merger awaits Justice Department approval.
The Oklahoma Senate will consider a bill that seeks to help close the wage gap between men and women by banning employers from punishing workers who discuss wages with one another. The measure, which has passed the House, would also prohibit differences in pay between men and women unless the gap is related to seniority, merit or other specified factors.
Men in the business world can take several productive steps to advance the push toward gender equality, writes Elissa Sangster, executive director of the Forté Foundation. Men should seek broader sources of talent, form male ally groups and listen to their female co-workers, she writes.
The Men as Allies initiative is designed to create male ally groups on college campuses that are similar to the Manbassadors program at Harvard Business School. "The job of business schools is to create the future leaders of business, and this program (Men as Allies) is miles ahead of what companies are doing," said Elissa Sangster, executive director of the Forté Foundation.
Some companies are offering job-hunting help to the spouses of women who move for work. This may be a critical step, as research suggests that a partner's unwillingness to move is a key reason people turn down potential foreign assignments.