Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

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.

Lee Iacocca’s Leadership Legacy To An Industry And Our Nation

Lee Iacocca was a car making titan who led a massive transformation of the industry at Ford and Chrysler. He was a hugely competitive executive—driven by commercial success and patriotic pride. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld looks back at his life.

Bernie Marcus’ Model: Community Progress Without Progressive Fingerpointing

Former Home Depot CEO Bernie Marcus is proof that doing good is not antithetical to doing well, just as free enterprise is not antithetical to community progress.

With FCA-Renault-Nissan Drama, Who Needs Game of Thrones?

While analysts debate this week’s news over the impending merger of Fiat/Chrysler and Renault in strategic market, financial, and technological terms, those rational deliberations miss the real story.

Who Needs Tim Sloan Anyway? (We Did)

Bipartisan political grandstanding has created a dangerous haze confusing the good guys with the bad guys, which could have the unhappy effect of discouraging future heroic insiders like Tim Sloan from stepping up to the plate.

Tesla’s Turbulence Musk Be Explained

Elon Musk shows us that while you can’t build a positive legacy on dreams you can actually damage a reputation by trying to sell unrealized forecasts. 

Dennis Muilenburg’s Moment

Forty years of studying CEOs in crisis—from Burke to Zuckerberg—yield some key lessons for the current moment. Here's Jeff Sonnenfeld on Dennis Muilenburg.

Rule Of Law Or Law Of Rulers?

Is the business community really ready for the ethical and legal complexities that come with globalization? Jeffrey Sonnenfeld weighs in.

Ghosn Abuse Gets to Heart of Japan Inc.

No episode in recent memory has highlighted the reality of business in Japan as much as the ongoing abuse of Carlos Ghosn, reminding us that the micro politics of planned economies can be as misguided as the macro policies that built China’s ghost cities.

Asleep At The Wheel: What Tesla’s Board Musk Do Now

Elon Musk is at odds with the SEC again. What’s Tesla’s board to do? For starters they should wake up, switch off the cruise control and brace for impact

When A CEO’s Private Affairs Go Public

What does the Jeff Bezos-National Enquirer teach CEOs? For one thing, boards need to rally around a CEO being targeted by malicious actors with commercial or political motives to shake them down if the target CEOs conduct on the job is still effective, moral, and responsible.
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