Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

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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.

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.

Don’t Lose The Future

Relentless focus on balancing short- and long-term strategic planning proves particularly prescient in a crisis, so resist the temptation to sacrifice tomorrow for today.

CEOs Voice Concerns In Election Aftermath

On emergency call, 30 Fortune 100 leaders discussed what role they might play in encouraging a peaceful transfer of power.  

Pandemic Pivots

Resilience doesn’t happen on its own. It takes leadership.

Getting Diversity Wrong

Good intentions can go south fast in a whole host of ways. A field guide to perils and pitfalls—and how to overcome them.

CEOs And Racial Inequity

What business leaders can—and should—do to steer social change.
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