Three Impactful Articles I Read This Week (And You Need To Read Too)

I wake up every morning at 6 a.m. and scan the internets for insightful reads while I drink my coffee. Since my unexpected promotion in February to department director, I’ve kept a particularly watchful eye for articles with tips on leadership.  This week the search of the world wide web was particularly fruitful in that regard, yielding three impactful articles on how to be successful, how to lead, and how to manage:

  1. According to Oprah Winfrey, these are the 4 things you need to know to be successful. In one of the many graduation speeches Oprah Winfrey gave this May, she reminded us (and the graduating class of 2017) just how successful she is. This article on CNBC enumerates the four reasons she attributes to her success, including listening to her instincts, setting clear intentions, being grateful, and allowing the truth to set you free. If they worked for Oprah, they sure as hell work for me.
  2. What Sets Successful CEOs Apart. Being in charge comes with great power and great responsibility. This article from the Harvard Business Review details the four behaviors common to high-performing CEOs, including making decisions with speed and conviction and adjusting to a rapidly changing environment. It’s a good read for anyone in a leadership position.
  3. How Leaders Can Push Employees Without Stressing Them Out. Data shows that leaders are 30% less likely than their colleagues to feel stressed out, which the writer attributes to factors such as status, autonomy, and job security. So, how do you secure the greatest output of your employees without building their stress to the point of diminishing returns? This article shares five principles worth a try.

I hope you found the perspective and tips these articles offer as useful as I did. A huge thank you to my friends and colleagues who posted these articles on social media for me to find! Now for your quote of the day:

“…people who can take feedback well are people who can learn and grow quickly.” —Sheryl Sandberg

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