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.

When Leaders Return: New Battle Plans for Returning Generals

History tells us that a comeback is possible—if managed judiciously.

Clearing Bull from the Bully Pulpit

Used judiciously, the CEO voice can be a force of change.

A Recipe for CEO and Company Trust

Every leader’s actions strengthen—or diminish—a company’s reservoir of trust.

Securing the Helm

Watch out for these five warning signs that you’re in danger of being thrown overboard.

Managing CEO Succession After the CEO Has Died

Always tricky, leadership transitions get even tougher when a CEO departs the world along with the job.

The Patterns of Parting Patriarchs

The four ways CEOs leave office dictate how succession can be smoothed.

How Big Mac Reacts to Attack: Recovering From Missteps

When Don Thompson stepped down as CEO of McDonald’s, the company did not cloak the transition in innuendo by waxing on about the character of this beloved, loyal, experienced official. The simple truth was evident: McDonald’s was losing ground and the board was not confident in his ability to fix things.

Activism Inside Out

In his new regular column for CE, Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld looks at when investor advocates cross the line.
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