Rank #1: 480: Become a Better Listener
Mark Goulston, psychiatrist and author of "Just Listen," explains how.
Rank #2: 460: Understand How People See You
Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of "No One Understands You and What to Do About It," explains the science of perception.
Rank #3: 443: How to Negotiate Better
Jeff Weiss, author of the "HBR Guide to Negotiating" and partner at Vantage Partners, explains how to prepare to be persuasive.
Rank #4: 375: What the Best Decision Makers Do
Ram Charan, coauthor of "Boards that Lead," talks about what he's learned in three decades of helping executives make tough decisions.
Rank #5: 489: Disrupt Your Career, and Yourself
Whitney Johnson, author of "Disrupt Yourself," on taking the big risks we secretly want to.
Rank #6: 468: George Mitchell on Effective Negotiation
The former U.S. Senate majority leader and U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland and the Middle East describes his approach to resolving disputes and fostering bipartisan compromise.
Rank #7: 433: How to Change Someone's Behavior with Minimal Effort
Steve J. Martin, coauthor of "The Small Big: Small Changes That Spark Big Influence," on the little things that persuade.
Rank #8: 436: Making Good Decisions
Stanford's Ron Howard, one of the fathers of decision analysis, explains how it's done.
Rank #9: 414: To Do Things Better, Stop Doing So Much
Greg McKeown, author of "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less," on the importance of being "absurdly selective" in how we use our time.
Rank #10: 367: Office Politics for the Pros
Karen Dillon, author of the "HBR Guide to Office Politics," talks withÂ Dorie Clark, author of "Reinventing You."
Rank #11: 578: 4 Behaviors of Top-Performing CEOs
Elena Botelho, partner at leadership advisory firm ghSmart, talks about the disconnect between the stereotype of the CEO and what research shows actually leads to high performance at that level. She says the image of the charismatic, tall male with a top university degree who’s a strategic visionary and makes great decisions under pressure is a pervasive one. However, research shows that four behaviors more consistently lead to high performance in the corner office: 1) deciding with speed and conviction 2) engaging for impact 3) adapting proactively 4) delivering reliably. Botelho is the co-author of the article “What Sets Successful CEOs Apart” in the May-June 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review.
Rank #12: 381: Reduce Stress with Mindfulness
Maria Gonzalez, author of "Mindful Leadership," explains how to minimize stress -- not just manage it. Contains a brief guided breathing exercise.
Rank #13: 397: Are You the "Real You" in the Office?
Harvard's Robert Kegan on companies that do really personal development.
Rank #14: 426: How Google Manages Talent
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, and Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP of products, explain how the company manages their smart, creative team.
Rank #15: 378: Get a Dysfunctional Team Back on Track
Roger Schwarz, author of "Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams," explains how to build trust and accountability on your team.
Rank #16: 362: The Women Who Become Board Members
Boris Groysberg and Deborah Bell, authors of the HBR article "Dysfunction in the Boardroom."
Rank #17: 451: Be Less Reactive and More Proactive
Peter Bregman, author of "Four Seconds," on changing the way you lead.
Rank #18: 626: Why Technical Experts Make Great Leaders
Amanda Goodall, a senior lecturer at Cass Business School in London, argues that the best leaders are technical experts, not general managers. She discusses her research findings about doctors who head up hospitals, scholars who lead universities, and all-star basketball players who go on to manage teams. She also gives advice for what to do if you’re a generalist managing experts or an expert managed by a generalist. Goodall is the co-author of the HBR articles “If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work” and “Why the Best Hospitals Are Managed by Doctors.”
Rank #19: 456: Your Brain's Ideal Schedule
Ron Friedman, Ph.D., author of "The Best Place to Work," on how to structure your day to get the most done.
Rank #20: 453: Set Habits You'll Actually Keep
Gretchen Rubin, author of "Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives," explains that you've got to know your habit-setting style.