During tough times, find small sources of gratitude to fuel your resilience In my commencement speeches this year, I spoke on grit as an important leadership quality — one that defines the University at Buffalo, our students and our alumni Continue reading Grit and Gratitude
“Be flawsome!” This was keynote speaker Erik Qualman’s directive at a recent conference I attended. “Fail fast. Fail forward. Fail better,” he stressed. His message is a great one, but it is easier said than done for most of us Continue reading Failure: friend or foe to your personal brand? You decide.
What does it mean to be a leader? Most people associate leadership with a position of power and influence. Others think if someone has an important title or role, that person must be a strong leader. Before she had any Continue reading Leadership Demands Purpose: Lessons from Malala
“Make it your business to draw out the best in others by being an exemplar yourself.” — Epictetus In my role as a mentor and coach for the School of Management’s leadership programs and student clubs, I am frequently asked, Continue reading Leading by example
“I don’t think gender differences in leadership exist in the real world anymore. I personally work with a lot of women leaders.” Last year, five undergraduates helped me with a research project investigating gender differences in leader emergence, or the Continue reading Gender differences in leadership — and how managers can combat stereotypes
Several years before I returned to graduate school to earn my PhD, I was an upper-level manager for a well-known international company that had just completed a corporate management change and was beginning to restructure. A rumor was circulating in Continue reading The curious case of business ethics — and why nobody can quite agree
Yelling with gusto used to be the best way to advertise your wares. There was plenty of media and if you had plenty of money, you were set. Today, of course, yelling doesn’t work so well. What works is leading. Continue reading Guest post: Leadership is now the strongest marketing strategy
What should we do if the highest levels of government seem unfriendly to the whole idea of diversity, repeatedly stressing differences among us? For example, political rhetoric often pits immigrants and refugees against everyone else, and one Maryland county recently Continue reading Managing diversity in interesting times: What’s a leader to do?
Social innovation is the process of identifying novel approaches to bring together business and social concepts that integrate the private, public and nonprofit sectors to provide both economic and societal value. It’s a concept that offers tremendous potential here in Continue reading Leading Social Impact
When Buffalo native Harold Arlen and Capitol Records founder Johnny Mercer wrote the Oscar-nominated song “Accentuate the Positive” in 1944, they probably never considered how the lyrics would stand the test of time. “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate Continue reading Accentuate the Positive: The role of positivity in emotional intelligence