Sep 23, 2015
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.
Sep 21, 2015
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.
Aug 18, 2015
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.
Jun 24, 2015
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.
Jun 9, 2015
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.
Jun 8, 2015
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.
Jun 8, 2015
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.
Jun 8, 2015
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.