Marissa Mayer: Set up to fail?

Marissa Mayer’s fate at Yahoo shows that the C-suite is still chilly for women. Currently, women run only 22 of the companies in the Fortune 500.

What does the mirror show you?

The best leaders are willing to engage in honest self-assessment and adjust their behavior accordingly. Evaluate your level of awareness by asking yourself these questions.

A fierce warrior against illness

Mary Lasker (1900-1994), was one of the first true champions of medical research. In her words, "Without money, both private and public money, nothing gets done."

5 quandaries to reveal your team’s ethical compass

Get together with your team and try to sort through these brain-burners.

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Today's Leadership Tip

There's no need to be trapped talking to someone at a gathering when you want to break free. Best line to use: “I need to say ‘hi’ to someone before it gets too late. I’ll catch you later.” Never use “I need to get a refill (in your empty glass).” The person will sense your insincerity when you don’t ask him or her to join you, or you never return.

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Q: My most recent promotion was a big deal, and I keep hearing I’m being groomed for a top job here. But the new job requires almost constant travel. I hate airports, especially with those long lines and delays. But I fear if I gripe about the travel, I’ll look bad. Help!

Real leaders confront uncomfortable moments head-on. Here’s how to push through them, get your point made and make the employee better educated.

I often say that the feedback you give says as much about you as it does the person you are giving it to, and when I do people look at me funny. After all, the feedback I give you is about something you did, it isn’t about me at all, is it? Not so fast, my friend.

The three things that will help ensure trust.

Q: “After twenty years in the same job, I recently had to look for work when our family moved to a different city. The problem is that I'm already having serious thoughts about quitting. I dread going to the office every day, because I feel totally out of my comfort zone. The work is very different from what I did before, and I'm beginning to doubt my abilities. Although I feel an obligation to fulfill my commitment here, I sometimes wonder if perhaps I should be totally honest with my boss and tell her that I need to leave. On the other hand, there are very few positions available in my field, and it took me a long time to find this one. I’m not sure what to do, because I just don't like this job.” Panicked