The continuing education of a leader.

January 14th, 2011

You don’t have to go to Harvard Business School to reap the benefits of continuing education in personal effectiveness or leadership development. All you have to do is sign up for the Harvard Business Review Daily Alert email. Or, you can bookmark the Harvard Business Review Blog Network to read whenever you feel the need for a little inspiration. I assure you the reading will be energizing.

Just take a look at this list of the HRB’s 10 most popular posts of 2010:

  1. Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything
    Tony Schwartz of the Energy Project reports on what he’s learned about top performance.
  2. 12 Things Good Bosses Believe
    Robert Sutton, author of Good Boss, Bad Boss, ponders what makes some bosses great.
  3. How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking
    Peter Bregman learns how to do one thing at a time.
  4. Why I Returned My iPad
    Here, Bregman finds a novel way to treat a device that’s “too good.”
  5. The Best Cover Letter I Ever Received
    Although David Silverman published this with us in 2009, it remained extremely timely this year.
  6. How to Give Your Boss Feedback
    Amy Gallo reports on the best ways to help your boss and improve your working relationship.
  7. You’ve Made a Mistake. Now What?
    We all screw up at work. Gallo explains what to do next.
  8. Define Your Personal Leadership Brand
    Norm Smallwood of the RBL Group gives tips on how to convey your identity and distinctiveness as a leader.
  9. Why Companies Should Insist that Employees Take Naps
    Tony Schwartz makes the case for naps as competitive advantage.
  10. Six Social Media Trends for 2011
    David Armano of Edelman Digital ends the year by predicting our social media future.

My personal favorite was the eighth most popular. But for whichever catches your eye first, there’s surely something there that will get you thinking about the future you want for yourself.

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