Summaries of the Week

Real Leadership

Real Leadership

While wealth and technological knowledge are valuable commodities, according to John Addison, leadership based on authentic concern and respect for others is the most precious resource in the world. In Real Leadership, Addison shares his compelling personal story of embracing real, purposeful leadership as he rose from entry-level insurance underwriter to co-CEO of insurance giant Primerica. He hopes to inspire others to discover their own leadership potentials and to find the courage to live their lives fully.

Addison, John
HBR Emotional Intelligence Series: Empathy

HBR Emotional Intelligence Series: Empathy

Which leadership quality can boost performance levels to new highs, yet drive them into the ground if overused? The answer is empathy. In the new Harvard Business Review title HBR Emotional Intelligence Series: Empathy, leading experts share how empathy can be used as a powerful leadership tool and a critical component of emotional intelligence that must be understood, nurtured, and protected. With self-awareness and effort, individuals can learn to make good use of empathy to benefit themselves, their organizations, and the world.

Harvard Business Review Press
Misplaced Talent

Misplaced Talent

Science and psychology have contributed many interpretive tools that businesses can use to hire employees who will be successful. However, companies do not always understand how to tailor those tools to their businesses and job openings. In Misplaced Talent, Joe Ungemah shows hiring professionals how to assess candidates’ abilities, experience, goals, and values, as well as gauge how well they would fit into their companies’ environments, which is critical to retaining employees once they have been hired.

Ungemah, Joe
Out Front

Out Front

Women today are likely to be equally represented among their male peers at undergraduate and graduate levels in fields that were once male dominated. However, this balance has slowly eroded in the workplace, particularly in more senior levels of management and leadership. While many factors contribute to this imbalance, women who are highly committed and qualified are often held back simply because they avoid public speaking.

Shames, Deborah
The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple

In The Golden Apple, Mason Donovan discusses the ever-changing workforce and the need for companies to better accommodate their employees. Designating a distinct separation between home and work promotes a healthy balance and creates a higher likelihood of productivity. Through adjustments in policy and the acknowledgment of the undeniable link between the absence of leisure time and stress-fueled health problems, companies can promote better work-life balance among their employees.

Donovan, Mason