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Redefining leadership: so much more than just being a boss

Some may argue that leadership is an art, and some are more inclined to call it a science. Whatever its association, there is one thing that holds true - leadership is in vogue again. One just has to browse the number of titles available in bookstores to be convinced. On Amazon.com alone, there are over 80,000 books available on leadership, and almost 60,000 on the subject of the leader.

When in China, do as the Chinese do?

As the world's third largest country, home to one-fourth of the world’s population, and the fastest growing economy in the world, China offers enormous market opportunities for the world. In order to increase trade with China, global companies must be equipped with a more thorough understanding of China.

The Emirates story: the smart strategies that sent an airline company soaring again

It was the year 2009, and the airline industry was suffering major losses all around. Global profits plummeted by $9.4 billion, prompted by rising oil prices, flailing consumer confidence and of course, the global economic recession. Emirates Airlines was no exception, experiencing a similar scenario as its other counterparts. However, compared to most other airlines, the company had managed to keep its head above water with some smart strategic thinking.

Who's leading the leaders?

Some people joke that the number of theories on leadership are only limited by the number of leaders, the joke being that it is all to do with individual personalities and situations rather than theories and analysis. Like beauty, effective leadership may be in the eye of the beholder, but there is very real value in observing and assessing the impact of leadership styles to understand at least if any broad rules can be applied.

The strategic potential of patents

In recent years analysts and managers have become aware of the importance of knowledge for business and so their focus has moved to intellectual assets as strategic assets. Companies are increasingly aware of the competitive advantage a well-developed and strong portfolio of patents, copyrights, and trademarks may offer. Many firms' strategy towards patents is still haphazard, however, which might be due to the scant guidance on offer.

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