Five ways to become a better leader

It’s an age-old question: Are we influenced more by nature or nurture? Applied to leadership, the question becomes: Are great leaders born or made? It’s one of the most frequently asked questions in leadership development Let’s start with the definition of “leader.” My good friend and mentor, Dr. Paul Hersey, defined leadership as “working with … Read more

Why city mayors could rule the world

  A new breed of self-financing metropolitan mayoralties are the future of decentralized government, writes Professor Alan Harding [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] The age of dominant nation states is on the wane. Economists, social theorists and political scientists have advanced different claims as to why that might be the case. But they largely unite … Read more

Effective leaders create a culture of service

  How do leaders lead and serve at the same time? [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] “The servant leader is servant first.” So wrote former AT&T executive Robert K Greenleaf in 1970. “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. This conscious desire brings … Read more

The digital nervous system

  Tony O’Driscoll investigates the promise and peril that big data presents for leaders seeking to create, deliver and capture value in a world where change is accelerating and competition is intensifying ILLUSTRATION: ANDY POTTS History has taught leaders that market economies are typically characterized by extended periods of stability, occasionally punctuated by short, disruptive and unstable periods that stretch the global … Read more

What is a social ecologist, anyway?

Drucker mastered the study of how humans interact with their environments. That’s why great leaders should learn from him, writes William A. Cohen Sometimes it is easier to define people by what they are not. Peter Drucker was often billed as the “world’s greatest independent consultant”. But he was not a professional consultant. He argued … Read more