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Finally, Evidence That CEO Character Hits The Bottom Line

Sep 23, 2015

Finally, Evidence That CEO Character Hits The Bottom Line

One of the first clues that Dr. Fred Kiel was dealing with a “self-focused” CEO was the lack of available space remaining on the executive’s “me wall.” “You walked into his office and there was no room on any wall for another picture of him and somebody famous,” said Kiel in an interview earlier this month. In their conversation, Tom (not his real name) tried to convince Kiel that his company was on a sound footing and that he was a wonderful leader.

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Good people make good leaders

Sep 21, 2015

Good people make good leaders

Fred Kiel, author of Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win, conducted a seven-year study of more than 100 CEOs, their companies and 8,500 of their employees. What he found was that leaders of strong character achieved up to five times the return on assets as did leaders of weak character. Kiel discussed his findings and views on leadership in an interview with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and a vice president at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service.

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Return on Character: Moral Habits & Reputation of CEOs Who Win

Aug 18, 2015

Return on Character: Moral Habits & Reputation of CEOs Who Win

When you’re the CEO or senior leader, bottom-line results matter. Especially when the going gets tough, the conventional assumption is that the big boss should push profits by any legal means necessary, even if it means twisting the truth, breaking promises, and being a jerk to other people. But for most of us, that intuitively feels wrong. We’d like to think that virtue isn’t just it’s own reward; that doing the right thing and treating people right is smart business that also delivers results to the bottom line.

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Why Leaders Take Wrong Turns

Jun 24, 2015

Why Leaders Take Wrong Turns

From Wall Street to Up In The Air and beyond, corporate executives are hardly sympathetically portrayed by Hollywood. The business establishment might object (even if some individuals might enjoy the notoriety), but this situation is merely a reflection of the popular view that success in corporate life has little to do with morality.

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It Pays to Be Nice

Jun 23, 2015

It Pays to Be Nice

When David Rand first established his Human Cooperation Lab at Yale University Rand’s research center , he was clear about the kind of culture he wanted to promote.

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The Virtuoso Leader

Jun 15, 2015

The Virtuoso Leader

Why a leader should watch out for instinctive biases and how they can temper their reactions.

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Leading ethically to strengthen collective performance

Jun 9, 2015

Leading ethically to strengthen collective performance

What exactly is ethical leadership and how does it affect your company’s bottom line? After studying the impact of ethical leadership on company performance for seven years (2006-2013), Fred Kiel found that ethical leaders achieve 5 times greater returns for shareholders than unethical ones.

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One job offer too many?

Jun 8, 2015

One job offer too many?

For job hunters interviewing for multiple positions, finally receiving that offer can be a great relief—more so once you’ve accepted and the paperwork is signed. But what happens when more than one company wants you and suddenly you’ve accepted one only to have a second, glitzier offer arrive.

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5 Reasons Why It Never Pays to Be the Office Jerk (Even for Steve Jobs)

Jun 8, 2015

5 Reasons Why It Never Pays to Be the Office Jerk (Even for Steve Jobs)

Walter Isaacson's (Jobs) as well as Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli's (Becoming Steve Jobs) biographies have already documented countless examples of the Silicon Valley legend and his relentless bashing of Apple employees. But, as we now know, Jobs got away with such idiotic behavior because, well, he also happened to be a genius.

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Senior Leadership ‘Character’ Impacts on Bottom Line, Research Finds

Jun 8, 2015

Senior Leadership ‘Character’ Impacts on Bottom Line, Research Finds

The character reputation of a senior leadership team has an impact on the bottom line of a business, according to a seven-year study by the KRW Research Institute.

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