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On this Friday, here are the links to interesting articles I’ve read during the week. My hope is that you enjoy some weekend reading on ethical leadership and women at work.

(1) Measuring the Return on Character.  by @FredKiel. Companies whose employees rated their CEO high on four moral principles: integrity, responsibility, forgiveness and compassion, had an average return on assets of 9.35% over a two-year period; that is almost five times more than those with low ratings on morality with an ROA average of 1.93%.

(2) Six Key Principles for Ethical Leadership. by @dovseidman. The World Economic Forum rated disaffection with leaders as the third largest challenge on its Global Agenda 2015. Ethical leadership is the answer to this challenge.

(3) Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics.  by @francescagino. Extroverted leaders are effective when followers need guidance. Yet, when followers are proactive the introverted leader has the advantage.

(4) Pursuing Purpose at the Expense of Family.  by @EmEsfahaniSmith. Analyzing the movie American Sniper, the author discusses the moral dilemma of the story: Does his responsibility lie with his country or does it lie with his family? As his story develops, he solves the dilemma and writes “Others could do my job protecting the country, but no one could truly take my place with my family.”

(5) How Men can succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom.  by @sherylsandberg @AdamMGrant. Gender equality is not a zero-sum game. Women contribute to make their organizations more competitive (more profit) because they bring more knowledge and network and take less unnecessary risk. Furthermore, when men do their share of housework their partners are happier.

Margarita Mayo

I´m Margarita Mayo. I´ve been a Professor of Leadership and Psychology at IE Business School since 2000. Prior to that I was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University and professor at Ivey Business School. I feel passionate about scientific dissemination, and I have more than 20 years of international experience teaching courses on soft skills, giving keynote conferences and coaching executives on leadership development and change management. Always eager to help develop the next generation of leaders.

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