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HBR On Leadership

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Leadership isn’t trait, it’s a set of skills. Whether you’re managing up or motivating a team, HBR On Leadership is your destination for insights and inspiration from the world’s top leadership practitioners and experts. Every Wednesday, the editors at the Harvard Business Review hand-picked case studies and conversations with global business leaders, management experts, academics, from across HBR to unlock the best in those around you.

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Leadership isn’t trait, it’s a set of skills. Whether you’re managing up or motivating a team, HBR On Leadership is your destination for insights and inspiration from the world’s top leadership practitioners and experts. Every Wednesday, the editors at the Harvard Business Review hand-picked case studies and conversations with global business leaders, management experts, academics, from across HBR to unlock the best in those around you.

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English


Episodes

Great Leaders Balance Ambition with Humility

2/21/2024
The key to success as a leader is to strike a careful balance between ambition and humility. But how do you stay humble while also proving your worth? And how do you advance without showing too much ambition? In this episode, Amer Kaissi offers advice on how to find a better balance between our desire to achieve and the qualities that earn more respect from colleagues. As he says, “humility keeps our feet on the ground by allowing us to have an accurate assessment of our own abilities, by understanding our strengths and our weaknesses.” And “ambition is about making us reach for the stars by believing in our own greatness, but also in the greatness of the people who work with us.” Kaissi is a professor of health care administration at Trinity University in Texas and an executive coach. He’s the author of the book Humbitious: The Power of Low-Ego, High-Drive Leadership. Key episode topics include: leadership, leadership qualities, emotional intelligence, ambition, humility, listening skills, learning, Steve Jobs. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: To Get Ahead, You Need Both Ambition and Humility (2022) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:27:16

How the Best Leaders Drive Innovation

2/14/2024
If you’re leading innovation, you need very specific leadership skills. Harvard Business School professor Linda Hill has studied leadership and innovation for decades and is the coauthor of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. She says that leaders who shepherd innovation can’t rely on formal authority. Instead, they need to understand how to get people to co-create with them, which requires mastering three key roles —architect, bridger, and catalyst—or the ABCs of innovation. In this episode, you’ll learn how to fill each of these roles—from how to assemble the right team to how to build real connections and mutual commitment. As Hill says, “You cannot tell people to innovate. You can only invite them.” Key episode topics include: leadership, innovation, power, commitment, talent management, resources, teams, collaboration. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Watch the original HBR Quick Study episode: What Makes a Great Leader? (2022) · Find more episodes of the HBR Quick Study series on YouTube. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:08:52

From the U.S. Senate to Diplomacy—John Kerry’s Leadership Lessons

2/7/2024
John Kerry has spent more than 40 years in public service, including several decades in the U.S. Senate, leading the U.S. Department of State from 2013 to 2017, and more recently serving as U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. In this episode, he shares the leadership lessons he learned over many years of leadership in the public sector—from influencing people to recovering from defeats, handling leadership transitions, and staying focused on important long-term goals. Key episode topics include: leadership, government, negotiation strategies, leadership transitions, resilience, focus, planning, influence, diplomacy. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: John Kerry on Leadership, Compromise, and Change (2018) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org

Duration:00:26:25

How to Become a Better Manager

1/31/2024
Julie Zhuo was Facebook’s first intern, and she became a manager there in her mid-twenties. Those early years as a manager at the company—now named Meta—were tough. She says she often felt like she was in over her head and she made a lot of mistakes. But Zhuo did eventually learn how to manage team dynamics. When she left Facebook in 2020, she was leading a team of hundreds, as vice president of product design. Now the co-founder of Sundial, she takes questions from listeners who are struggling to manage their own team dynamics. She offers advice for when your employee is bossing around others on the team, and how to help an underperforming team member. Zhuo is the author of the book The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You. Key episode topics include: leadership, developing employees, leading teams, managing people. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original Dear HBR episode: Leading Small Teams (2019) · Find more episodes of Dear HBR. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:33:24

3 Things Great Leaders Do Differently

1/24/2024
As the host of two successful business podcasts, Guy Raz has interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs and leaders. His podcasts How I Built This and Wisdom From The Top offer an inside look at how visionary leaders build their careers and their companies. Raz has identified three key behaviors successful leaders have in common: They create a culture of collaboration. They encourage risk-taking. And they allow for failure. In this episode, he discusses how to incentivize internal collaboration and why that approach often leads to innovation. He also shares the insights he’s gathered on how to inspire your team to take risks and embrace learning from failure. Key episode topics include: leadership, leadership vision, leading teams, collaboration and teams, entrepreneurship. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: Guy Raz on What Great Business Leaders Have in Common (2023) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:28:52

The Art of Giving Feedback

1/17/2024
If you’re a leader, you know how critical feedback is to your team’s success and growth. But giving the kind of feedback that motivates people to improve is harder than it may seem. In this episode, Therese Huston, a cognitive scientist at Seattle University who specializes in giving and receiving feedback, and Jessica Gomez, an elementary school principal whose job involves observing teachers and giving them feedback on their teaching, break down the art and science of giving effective feedback. They discuss what to prioritize when you give feedback, how to make sure your message is clear, and how to lay the groundwork for these difficult conversations. Key episode topics include: leadership, gender, giving feedback, managing people, education institutions. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original Women at Work episode: The Essentials: Giving Feedback (2021) · Find more episodes of Women at Work. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:33:29

Building a Culture of Respect on Your Team

1/10/2024
Do you have a culture of respect on your team? Kristie Rogers, an associate professor of management at Marquette University, has identified two types of respect that employees value: owed and earned. She says that owed respect refers to basic workplace civility whereas earned respect is related to an employee’s achievements. In this episode, you’ll learn how to practice both types of workplace respect, and what happens when their balance isn’t quite right. You’ll also learn how managers can unknowingly communicate disrespect to their employees. Key episode topics include: leadership, managing people, business communication, employee retention, interpersonal communication, respect, motivation. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: The 2 Types of Respect Leaders Must Show (2018) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org

Duration:00:24:15

Practice Your Active Listening Skills

1/3/2024
When was the last time you practiced your active listening skills? HBR contributing editor Amy Gallo says it is a skill you need to practice. In this episode, you’ll learn how you can use listening skills to make other people feel heard and understood. Specifically, you’ll learn different styles of listening and how to use each one to fit your goals. You’ll also learn how to use thoughtful questions to deepen your conversation and make sure you’re getting the information you need. Gallo is an expert in workplace conflict and communication. She also cohosts HBR’s Women at Work podcast, and her most recent book is Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People). Key episode topics include: leadership, interpersonal communication, listening skills, active listening, conversations. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Watch the original HBR Guide episode: The Art of Active Listening (2022) · Find more episodes of the HBR Guide series on YouTube. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:10:13

It’s Time to Talk to Your Team About Mental Health

12/27/2023
The business world is beginning to recognize the importance of mental health. That’s why writer, entrepreneur, and podcast host Morra Aarons-Mele says that the more we understand and talk about our own mental health, the better we are as managers and colleagues. In this episode, you’ll get tips on how to work with—and through—your anxiety. If you’re a senior leader or a human resources professional, you’ll also learn ways to help your organization prioritize employees’ mental health. This is the final episode in a special series highlighting the four best leadership episodes of 2023, curated from across Harvard Business Review’s podcasts. Key episode topics include: leadership, psychology, mental health, managing yourself, emotional intelligence. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: How Managing Your Anxiety Can Make You a Better Leader (2023) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:30:59

NVIDIA’s CEO on Leading Through the A.I. Revolution

12/20/2023
With the explosive growth of generative AI, businesses are beginning to integrate artificial intelligence into all aspects of their operations, products, and services. This shift is posing a particularly difficult challenge for leaders, who must quickly learn enough about this new technology to make sound decisions for their companies, in the short- and long-term. One key player in this transition is NVIDIA, the AI-driven computing company, which makes both hardware and software for a range of industries. In this episode, NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jensen Huang discusses how he leads his company in the face of accelerating change with Harvard Business Review editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius. Huang explains why he thinks flat organizations are better at innovation and why his leadership team still operates as if NVIDIA were about to go bankrupt. This is the third episode in a special series highlighting the four best leadership episodes of 2023, curated from across Harvard Business Review’s podcasts. Key episode topics include: leadership, AI and machine learning, organizational culture, leadership and managing people, technology and analytics. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original IdeaCast episode: Nvidia’s CEO on What It Takes To Run an A.I.-Led Company Now (2023) · Find more episodes of IdeaCast · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org

Duration:00:24:49

The Hidden Costs of Layoffs

12/13/2023
From Microsoft to Google to Meta, many of the world’s biggest tech companies announced layoffs in 2023. But Harvard Business School professor Sandra Sucher, who has been studying layoffs for years, says that companies often overlook their hidden costs: lost institutional knowledge, weakened employee engagement, higher turnover, and lower innovation. She says that it can take years for companies to bounce back from these setbacks. In this episode, you’ll learn better ways to approach layoffs—with real-world examples from Twitter, Nokia, and Fidelity Investments. You’ll also learn how to regain your employees’ trust in the aftermath. This is the second episode in a special series highlighting the four best leadership episodes of 2023, curated from across Harvard Business Review’s podcasts. Key episode topics include: leadership, layoffs, human resource management, managing people, talent management. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: Why Many Companies Get Layoffs Wrong (2023) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:30:57

How to Embrace Your New Identity as a Manager

12/6/2023
Becoming a manager for the first time comes with many common challenges: balancing your time, managing team conflicts, and delegating work to direct reports. But leadership coach Jen Dary says there are also subtler challenges—like learning to actually see yourself as a leader. Assuming responsibility for other people’s professional development and personal happiness does change you. And the feelings can be mixed until you’re able to build your identity and confidence back up. In this episode, Dary discusses how you can explore your new identity as a manager. You’ll learn how to plan your own professional development, deal with disillusionment, and set priorities and boundaries with your team—all while juggling the responsibilities of your new role. This is the first episode in a special series highlighting the four best leadership episodes of 2023, curated from across Harvard Business Review’s podcasts. Key episode topics include: leadership, gender, leadership development, managing people, early career. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original Women at Work episode: How to Manage: Finding Yourself Again (2023) · Find more episodes of Women at Work. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:41:00

Seeing Yourself as a Leader

11/29/2023
Are leaders born or made? University of Michigan Ross School of Business professor Sue Ashford has studied leadership for decades—what makes people see themselves as leaders and how groups choose leaders among them. She says that leadership does come more easily to some than others, but that leadership is dynamic and only as real as a group decides. It’s a state that everyone can reach, whether they’re officially in charge or not. “People grant a leader identity by their willingness to follow someone. So, if you take the chalk and go to the board and start writing things, am I starting a side conversation with someone else and paying you no attention, or am I following along, adding to your structure, your list? And by doing that, I’m reinforcing that I’m willing to go with you for this bit of time,” Ashford explains. In this episode, you’ll learn how to cultivate leadership within yourself and those you manage. You’ll also learn about alternative models, like shared leadership, that can benefit any team. Key episode topics include: leadership, managing people, managing employees, managing yourself, leadership qualities, leading teams. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: Why Everyone Should See Themselves as a Leader (2017) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org

Duration:00:25:56

How to Build Trust at Work

11/22/2023
Do you trust the people you work with? Without trust, organizational psychologist Liane Davey says it’s hard to have the two key ingredients for any healthy team: effective communication and productive conflict. Davey takes questions from listeners who are struggling to build trust at work. She offers advice for what to do when your new boss doesn’t trust you, or when you want to earn the trust of people who work for you. Key episode topics include: leadership, emotional intelligence, managing people, managing yourself, trustworthiness, managing up, communication, conflict. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original Dear HBR episode: Building Trust (2019) · Find more episodes of Dear HBR. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:36:31

The Power of Selfless Leadership

11/15/2023
When you think of good leadership, what comes to mind? Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter argue that good leadership isn’t rooted in power or public speaking skills. They say that, in fact, mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion are the key components. “If [you are] focused on things that are going to feed [your] ego, [you’re] not necessarily going to be doing the things that will be most helpful to other people,” Carter explains. “[And] what the research and our field work really showed us is that in the long term, people don’t want to follow you.” In this episode, you’ll learn how to cultivate selflessness as a leader without being a pushover. You’ll also learn a simple ritual that could help you start you day with more focus and a clearer sense of your priorities. Carter and Hougaard are the coauthors of The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results. Key episode topics include: leadership, managing people, managing employees, managing yourself, psychology, self-awareness, mediation, mindfulness, compassion, selflessness. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: Leading with Less Ego (2018) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org

Duration:00:21:35

How to Motivate a Demotivated Team

11/8/2023
Are you struggling to motivate your team? Professor and author Richard Boyatzis says there’s a motivation crisis in workplaces. “And the responsibility for that lies with the managers and leaders—the people who are supposed to be energizing people and engaging them,” he argues. Boyatzis takes questions from listeners who are struggling to retain their employees and motivate their teams. Key episode topics include: leadership, developing employees, motivating people, organizational culture, psychology. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original Dear HBR episode: Motivating Employees (2019) · Find more episodes of Dear HBR. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:30:50

NASA’s Former Head of Science on What It Takes to Manage Complex, High-Risk Projects

11/1/2023
As the head of science at NASA, Thomas Zurbuchen managed an $8.6 billion dollar budget. A typical Monday, for him, might have involved hitting an asteroid with a space craft or trying to launch a rocket. Zurbuchen left that role in 2022, but he’s still the longest continually serving head of science in NASA’s history. He and his team accomplished a lot in that time. In this episode, he shares what he learned about leading extremely technical, complex, and expensive projects with a high risk of failure. You’ll learn how to manage your time, how to balance high-level strategy work with overseeing operations, and how to manage failure in a way that encourages learning and innovation. Key episode topics include: leadership, teams, talent management, innovation, NASA, managing risk, collaboration, engineering, project management, government. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: NASA’s Science Head on Leading Space Missions with Risk of Spectacular Failure (2022) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:31:09

How to Disagree with Your Boss

10/25/2023
When was the last time you disagreed with your boss? Did you tell them you had a different opinion — or did you just let it go? HBR contributing editor Amy Gallo says it’s much easier to just agree with your boss. But sometimes it’s important to speak up. In this episode, you’ll learn how to weigh the risk of a negative reaction against the risk of not voicing your opinion: What could happen later if you don't raise this issue now? What do you stand to lose? What opportunities could you or your team be missing out on? You’ll also learn best practices to keep in mind if you do decide to say something — like avoiding certain judgment words and first asking permission, instead of offering an unsolicited opinion. Gallo is an expert in workplace conflict and communication. She also cohosts HBR’s Women at Work podcast, and her most recent book is Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People). Key episode topics include: leadership, difficult conversations, managing conflicts, managing up, interpersonal communication. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Watch the original HBR Guide episode: How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful: The Harvard Business Review Guide (2021). · Find more episodes of the HBR Guide series on YouTube. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:10:07

The Benefits of Career Sponsorship Go Both Ways

10/18/2023
Most of us think of mentoring a colleague as a one-way street—a gift of professional guidance and advice. But Sylvia Ann Hewlett says sponsorship needs to be a reciprocal relationship. “[T]he younger person has to display a great deal of value. And oftentimes the senior person is looking for a value add, a skill or an experience in the younger person that they don’t have themselves,” she explains. “So it’s very reciprocal…and it’s really about progression for both of the individuals.” Hewlett is an economist, consultant, and the author the book The Sponsor Effect: How to Be a Better Leader by Investing in Others. In this episode, she breaks down the building blocks, risks, and potential rewards of sponsorship. She also offers advice for choosing the right protégé and effectively launching and managing these long-term relationships. Key episode topics include: leadership, leading teams, power and influence, managing people, talent management, sponsorship, mentorship, relationships, development. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original HBR IdeaCast episode: The Surprising Benefits of Sponsoring Others at Work (2019) · Find more episodes of HBR IdeaCast. · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:25:55

How Authentic Should You Be as a Leader?

10/11/2023
When Rosalind Fox took over as manager of John Deere’s largest factory in Des Moines, Iowa, the plant employed 1,600 workers and included four major product lines. It was far bigger and more complex than the factory she’d been managing in North Carolina before her promotion. She had to shift from being a more operational, tactical manager to a more strategic role. But Fox was also the first Black female manager at the Iowa factory, and her employees there were mostly white men. So she also had to figure out how to engage with her staff and build credibility with them. And that meant Fox had to decide how much of herself to bring to work. “[T]he more authentic that you are, the greater sense of wellbeing you have, the greater sense of satisfaction you have, and that leads to greater engagement in the organization,” Harvard Business School senior lecturer Tony Mayo tells Cold Call host Brian Kenny. “[T]he key thing to know is that not everybody has the license to be authentic.” Mayo interviewed Fox for his case study on her leadership at the agricultural equipment company. In this episode, you’ll learn how Fox balanced the pressure to assimilate into the factory’s dominant cultures with her own sense of authenticity. Key episode topics include: leadership, managing people, organizational culture, diversity and inclusion, race, authenticity, communication, agriculture, manufacturing, employee engagement. HBR On Leadership curates the best case studies and conversations with the world’s top business and management experts, to help you unlock the best in those around you. New episodes every week. · Listen to the original Cold Call episode: Fostering Authenticity and Employee Engagement at John Deere (2021) · Find more episodes of Cold Call · Discover 100 years of Harvard Business Review articles, case studies, podcasts, and more at HBR.org.

Duration:00:29:03