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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.


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The retired four-star U.S. Army general overhauled communications for troops in Afghanistan. Today, he’s a speaker and educator who thinks business leaders have a lot to learn from military management styles.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal is best known as the retired four-star U.S. Army general who served as commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He’s credited with the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and is known for speaking his mind—both when other military leaders were reluctant to challenge decisions, and in off-the-cuff political remarks to the press. This tendency toward over-communication may have been the beam that buckled, crumbling Gen. McChrystal’s career. However, during his military tenure, bolstering in-force communications was arguably one of his greatest achievements. And in recent years, the skill has helped him build another career as an author, public speaker, and educator (that job may seem counterintuitive, McChrystal joked: “I could have never gotten into Yale; now I’m grading their papers”). McChystal spoke at the Inc. 500 Conference in Washington, D.C., about his leadership style, wide-ranging career, and what leaders in the business world can glean from military management styles. We’ve broken down the most intruiging lessons the general shared during his speech and an exclusive interview with Inc.com’s Christine Lagorio.

1. Let your guard down strategically.
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This is a list of 100 people who have changed the world.

People Who Changed the World

christ 1. Jesus Christ (c.5BC – 30AD) Spiritual Teacher, central figure of Christianity.
christ 2. Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826) 3rd President of US. Principle author of Declaration of Independence
christ 3. Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 – ) Leader of Soviet Union. Oversaw transition from Communism in Eastern Europe.
christ 4. Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) Non-violent civil rights leader
christ 5. Nelson Mandela (1918 – ) Anti-apartheid leader. First President of democratic South Africa in 1994.
christ 6. Lord Buddha (c 563BC – c 483BC) Spiritual Teacher and founder of Buddhism.
christ 7. Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) Prime Minister of Great Britain during Second World War.
christ 8. William Shakespeare (1564- 1616) English poet and playwright.
christ 9. Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945) Dictator of Nazi Germany.
christ 10. Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) President of US during civil war, helped end slavery.


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I read somewhere that leadership is “the process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and supportof others in the accomplishment of a common task”; now if that describes leadership, then what attributes does a leader have to have in order to lead?

All leaders, whether they lead a massive company like VivaCell, or a small independent company, they will have certain characteristics. A leader should be cool and confident under pressure, they should be courageous and they should act as role models. So if that is what may define a leader, then what should a leader do?

A leader should always have a vision

A leader should have a vision as they should always know what they want to achieve, if a leader (more…)

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Courage to Change. When a crisis occurs, fear is a natural response. Mrs. Roosevelt’s response is instructive: “Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing that it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”

Over a year ago when I was visiting my very favorite bookstore , I saw a book titled Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way. Because I am a fan of Mrs. Roosevelt, I knew I had to grab it, but then something happened and distracted me, and I left the bookstore without the book in hand. One thing led to another, and I never got around to ordering it. So I was truly delighted when I visited again last month and the book was still there!

Part biography, part instruction on leadership in the business context, Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way is an easy and interesting read. The author gives a chronological review of Mrs. Roosevelt’s life and draws out the lessons in each stage, which makes for a reasonably effective presentation.

My only quibble with this approach is that (more…)

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Civil rights giant fought for principles with universal applicability

Americans on each third Monday of January honor the life and achievements of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. (more…)

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