SmartBrief Originals
Insights, tips and best practices for executive business leaders and managers
What music teaches leaders about reflection

Learn from the traits of great musicians and how you can apply them to your leadership.

5 priceless leadership communication lessons learned the hard way

There's a difference between hearing and truly listening. That's just one of the tough lessons of communication as a leader.

An essential skill you need to be a successful leader

Empathy is the future of leadership, and here are four reasons why it can help you.

When is the last time you took a vacation?

When is the last time you took a vacation?

Quick tips for boosting your confidence during your next business presentation

Are you lacking confidence in your presentation skills? Review these basics to see where you can improve.

Uncover your hidden talent -- the future leaders who already work for you

Make a plan to start highlighting your existing skilled but overlooked staff.

Are you a boss or a leader? These characteristics will strengthen your leadership skills

Strong leaders are approachable, will listen and aren't afraid to make decisions. Learn more about what separates leaders from bosses.

The importance of political savvy for leadership success

How to navigate office politics? Know the rules, who has influence and who can help you.

How to give feedback like a boss

Here are 10 tips for giving feedback in a way that works.

Does your brand measure up?

How powerful is your brand? Find out how to measure success.

When is the last time your work was praised by your boss or someone above them?

When is the last time your work was praised by your boss or someone above them?

Nervousness is just another word for fear: Deal with It!

Fear is normal. Let's learn how to manage and channel it better.

3 communication tips to implement today

Here are simple strategies for better communication that you can try immediately.

Persistence is underrated

Sooner or later in every story the protagonist is faced with a fateful, consequential decision. In a movie or novel, it’s entertaining. In real life, it can be terrifying.

What is the biggest challenge you face when it comes to managing your time?

What is the biggest challenge you face when it comes to managing your time?