Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is senior associate dean, leadership studies, Lester Crown professor of leadership practice, Yale School of Management, as well as president of the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute and author of The Hero’s Farewell and Firing Back. You can follow him at Twitter @JeffSonnenfeld.

The Great Global Retreat

Accepted for decades, the interdependency of nations is now in question.

CEO Voices: Facts Vs. Fantasy

A year after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, much of the media's analysis of corporate political giving has been woefully misleading.

How To Avoid ‘Matchmaking’ Ambushes

Ever had a colleague surprise you by making a third-party introduction via email without prior consent? You're not alone. And you don't have to suffer it quietly.

Making A Difference 

How can CEOs address controversial issues while remaining sensitive to the varying viewpoints among different constituencies? Some guidelines.

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: 5 Tips For CEOs In Transition

Today’s baby boomer CEOs are leaving office with confidence, ideas and enthusiasm, ready to assume new life missions unencumbered by the obligations of past roles.

Arne Sorensen’s Advice On Leading And Living

With all his vitality, energy, and optimism — we thought he would win. That's what makes the loss all the more shocking.

Jeff Bezos’ Surprising CEO Transition Is Hardly Surprising, But It Is...

The timing makes perfect sense in terms of strategic and industry life stage, as well as the life stage of the company’s culture and the characters involved. We all should have seen this coming.

Sonnenfeld: Big-Company CEOs Deeply Concerned About Public Safety—And Democracy

At a meeting in the wake of the attack on the Capitol, CEOs voiced worries and brainstormed ideas for how business can help strengthen democracy.

What CEOs And Boards Can Learn From The President’s Erratic Exit

Five warning signs that a CEO is veering into the kind of monarchical behavior that can jeopardize a smooth transition.

CEO Conclave Condemns GOP Attack On Election; ‘This Is The Moment...

A longtime Chief Executive columnist convenes CEOs from some of America's biggest companies to discuss what is happening in Washington. Many spoke in outrage over a threatened betrayal of the Constitution.
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New Poll: CEOs Find Challenges In Using Customer Data To Drive Innovation

Ability to harness and sort through data for meaningful insights remains a hurdle, many say. “The key is...finding what is actually relevant.”


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CEO Confidence Falls To Decade Low, But Few Predict Recession

Chief Executive’s June survey of 278 U.S. CEOs shows leading confidence indicator now at 5.5/10, the lowest reading in nearly a decade. Majority forecasts worsening conditions in the year ahead, though not a recession.