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The Most-Read Leadership Stories Of 2013

How your brain works, how social media works, how success works, and how can you get any work done in an open office? The top leadership stories of 2013 reveal your curiosity for understanding yourself and your world.

  • <p>Faisal Hoque <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3016689/leadership-now/10-paradoxical-traits-of-creative-people" target="_self"> explains how creative personalities are tricky things</a>--humble yet proud, extroverted but at the same time introverted.</p>
  • <p>Buffer’s Belle Beth Cooper <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3019903/work-smart/8-subconscious-mistakes-our-brains-make-every-day-and-how-to-avoid-them" target="_self">sheds light on the strange and surprising ways our brains play tricks on us</a>.</p>
  • <p>Grace Nasri <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3009482/dialed/8-successful-entrepreneurs-give-their-younger-selves-lessons-they-wish-theyd-known-th" target="_self">gathered lessons from heavy hitters</a> like Pandora founder Tim Westergren and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales that they wished they could deliver to themselves in their early startup days.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3021749/work-smart/10-surprising-social-media-statistics-that-will-make-you-rethink-your-social-stra" target="_self">Another hit from Buffer’s Belle Beth Cooper</a>. This time she dropped knowledge about Twitter’s unexpected middle-aged demographic, how YouTube has more viewers than cable TV, and that two people are joining LinkedIn every second.</p>
  • <p>Who needs the lofty “pursuit of happiness” when you have the <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3015486/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/10-simple-science-backed-ways-to-be-happier-today" target="_self">cold hard facts of science on your side</a>? Set your thermostat to the right temperature, and get ready to smile.</p>
  • <p>Buffer’s CEO Leo Widrich <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3009317/why-is-facebook-blue-the-science-behind-colors-in-marketing" target="_self">explores why something as simple as the color</a> of a button can change the way people feel about your product.</p>
  • <p>Drake Baer takes a look at how <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3007316/5-weird-habits-make-people-successful-and-awesome" target="_self">some successful people have a few less-than-desirable habits</a>.</p>
  • <p>We all feel guilty about how little sleep we get, so it’s nice to hear that there may be at least one plus side to being tired. Belle Beth Cooper <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3018084/work-smart/why-were-more-creative-when-were-tired-and-9-other-surprising-facts-about-how-our" target="_self">peers inside the strange ways our brains work</a>.</p>
  • <p>Family Records founder Wesley Verhoeve makes<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3005011/why-you-should-work-coffee-shop-even-when-you-have-office" target="_self"> a strong argument for scheduling in a few “coffee shop days”</a> every month no matter where you work.</p>
  • <p><em>Fast Company</em> senior editor Jason Feifer makes his impassioned plea for some privacy and launches <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3019758/dialed/offices-for-all-why-open-office-layouts-are-bad-for-employees-bosses-and-productivity" target="_self">one of the most heated discussions we saw all year</a>.</p>

While 2012 seemed to be the year of figuring out how you could squeeze the most into each day, the most popular stories of 2013 reveal that you are ready to dive deeper into the mysteries of your subconscious, and the strange ways that habit, personality, and creativity work together to make successful people so amazing.

Of course you still that want advice on how to do it all better, and sometimes you just need to vent about the petty indignities of office life.

Click through the slideshow above for a deeper dive into 2013’s greatest leadership hits, then let us know in the comments what topics you’re itching to explore in 2014.

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