Top HR and Company Culture News of the Week – January 27, 2014

by Jimmy Winskowski on Jan 26, 2014 11:30:40 PM

What makes a great leader? It's a question that's almost impossible to answer succinctly; the qualities that determine effective leadership can depend on a wide variety of circumstances. In this week's HR news focus, we highlight a few of the abilities that contribute to successful leaders. Would you guess that this list includes both gratitude and narcissism? Keep reading and see why.

Negative_EmotionsAs a leader, how do you manage the negative emotions among your team members? In her recent piece for, Christina Desmarais explains that negativity usually shows up in three different ways at work: Anger, anxiety, and sadness. So how do you help employees turn the page on negative emotions? Check out her tips for improving on negative emotions.

Thank-you-post-itDid you know that many rank their workplace as one of the last places they expect to either give or receive gratitude. And at the same time, 90% of employees say that a manager who show gratitude are more successful. So how can you make gratitude a greater aspect of your office culture? Fast Company's Harvey Deutschendorf will help with 5 simple ways to harness the power of gratitude at work.

NarcissistsIs it possible that narcissists make better leaders? author Jessica Stillman explains that the same qualities that we look for in great leaders-confidence, extraversion, ambition-are also commonly found in narcissists. Can this really be the case? "A touch of narcissism," she says, "can help you stand out and be recognized as a leader." Read more on

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