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How to gain control over burnout, the new American epidemic

As we emerge from the pandemic, burnout and stress remain with us.

Expanding a family business while preserving Its culture

Family businesses power the economy, and yet their leaders face unique challenges in leading workforces that are mostly not family members. Learn from a 4th-generation CEO on how she leads.

Simple leadership isn't simple

In our quest to keep things short and simple, too many leadership principles, talent management tools and strategic principles mistake simplicity for understanding.

How do you handle a situation where someone backs out of a commitment they made to do some work for you?

The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: How do you handle a situation where someone backs out of a commitment they made to do some work for you?

Why does executive presence matter?

Executive presence is a skill leaders need more and more as they ascend the career ladder.

Blending remote and in-office workers into a real team

A post-pandemic return to offices will resurrect the information gaps between in-office and remote workers. It doesn't have to be this way.

Humility: A leadership superpower

Humility is a tough lesson for many executives to learn. Sabrina Horn shares her lessons from being a first-time CEO.

Employee engagement: Why leaders need an intention, plan and respect for time

Employee engagement is more important than ever, and it looks different with so many people at home. Read on for what leaders -- and employees -- need to focus on.

How the right software can increase collaboration

Collaboration is more important than ever, and the software and app choices made by companies could be the difference between productivity and frustration.

SmartBrief's primer on burnout and employee wellness

SmartBrief on Leadership offers a leaders a primer on burnout, employee wellness and other crucial workplace issues.

How do you feel about last-minute meeting cancellations?

The most recent SmartBrief on Leadership poll question: How do you feel about last-minute meeting cancellations?

Hybrid leadership for hybrid work

Hybrid work is a popular topic, but pay attention to hybrid leadership, too.

Beyond "career fear" for women leaders

Imposter syndrome and the pandemic are a dual challenge for many women leaders looking to advance, but the fear many feel doesn't have to be limiting.

The most practical way to promote diversity and inclusion isn't what you think

Your supply chain is an overlooked, business-essential area to improve diversity and inclusion.

Garry Ridge: What it takes to lead

WD-40 CEO Garry Ridge shares what he's learned as a leader during the Great Recession and pandemic, as well as the values that carry him through any situation.

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