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The Top 10 Stories In Leadership For June 2014

Superheroes and headstands, tough questions and good books—we're definitely not sorry for how great this month was.

  • <p>Here are the stories you loved in <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/tag/weekly-top-5" target="_self">Leadership</a>, for the month of June.</p>
  • <p>You’d want <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3031531/hit-the-ground-running/the-marvel-superhero-youve-never-heard-of-and-his-13-million-twitter-" target="_self">Agent M</a> on your social media team. Known at Ryan Penagos outside of his alter-ego, he manages 20 social media accounts for the comic giant, and has a few lessons to share with mere marketing mortals.</p>
  • <p>You don’t have to be outgoing to follow these <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3031530/hit-the-ground-running/6-steps-to-turn-strangers-into-connections" target="_self">bits of advice</a> for meeting new people. It can be as simple as changing your body language, and saying hello.</p>
  • <p>The CEO of Palo Alto Systems brought her babies to work in slings around her neck until they were four months old. “Don’t give employees burritos, foosball, and kegs. You need to <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3032398/strong-female-lead/the-tech-company-with-the-radical-idea-that-having-a-baby-shouldnt-derail" target="_self">think about the real things that will matter</a> to employees and give you access to talent you’re losing,” she says.</p>
  • <p>Knowledge becomes experience through real-life connections. Make more of them with <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3031994/the-future-of-work/the-secret-to-creativity-intelligence-and-scientific-thinking" target="_self">these tips</a> on idea-building, based on scientific studies and industry leaders’ anecdotes.</p>
  • <p>How many times have you <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3032112/strong-female-lead/sorry-not-sorry-why-women-need-to-stop-apologizing-for-everything" target="_self">apologized</a> today, even if you did nothing wrong? Saying “sorry” too much can make you less, not more, likeable in the long run.</p>
  • <p>Long emails make you look thorough, yet needy. Emoticons can be immature, or friendly. How does your own <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3031362/work-smart/what-your-email-style-reveals-about-your-personality" target="_self">email style</a> stack up?</p>
  • <p>Dream on, <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3031227/work-smart/do-these-3-things-before-bed-to-hack-your-creativity-while-you-sleep" target="_self">dreamer</a>--but make these quick, fun activities part of your wind-down routine. You can brag about how you came up with the next million-dollar startup idea “in your sleep.”</p>
  • <p>Who draws idea-embryos--and who stands on his head? These great minds in music, writing, and art have some <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3032240/the-unusual-habits-of-8-famous-creative-minds" target="_self">weird ways</a> of bringing forth genius.</p>
  • <p>Take a deep breath, then take a long look at your goals, successes, and failures. <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3031279/work-smart/the-5-questions-successful-people-routinely-ask-themselves" target="_self">These questions</a> are hard to answer, but they’ll keep you on the right track.</p>
  • <p>And finally, as we send you off on a long weekend: <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3031484/work-smart/9-beach-reads-for-ambitious-people" target="_self">These books</a> will keep your gears turning while you’re out-of-office reply does the rest.</p>
  • 01 /11 | The Top 10 Stories In Leadership For June 2014

    Here are the stories you loved in Leadership, for the month of June.

  • 02 /11 | The Marvel Superhero You've Never Heard Of And His 1.3 Million Followers

    You’d want Agent M on your social media team. Known at Ryan Penagos outside of his alter-ego, he manages 20 social media accounts for the comic giant, and has a few lessons to share with mere marketing mortals.

  • 03 /11 | 6 Steps To Turn Strangers Into Connections

    You don’t have to be outgoing to follow these bits of advice for meeting new people. It can be as simple as changing your body language, and saying hello.

  • 04 /11 | The Tech Company With The Radical Idea That Having A Baby Shouldn't Derail Your Career

    The CEO of Palo Alto Systems brought her babies to work in slings around her neck until they were four months old. “Don’t give employees burritos, foosball, and kegs. You need to think about the real things that will matter to employees and give you access to talent you’re losing,” she says.

  • 05 /11 | The Secret To Creativity, Intelligence and Scientific Thinking

    Knowledge becomes experience through real-life connections. Make more of them with these tips on idea-building, based on scientific studies and industry leaders’ anecdotes.

  • 06 /11 | Sorry, Not Sorry--Why Women Need To Stop Apologizing For Everything

    How many times have you apologized today, even if you did nothing wrong? Saying “sorry” too much can make you less, not more, likeable in the long run.

  • 07 /11 | What Your Email Style Reveals About Your Personality

    Long emails make you look thorough, yet needy. Emoticons can be immature, or friendly. How does your own email style stack up?

  • 08 /11 | Do These 3 Things Before Bed To Hack Your Creativity While You Sleep

    Dream on, dreamer--but make these quick, fun activities part of your wind-down routine. You can brag about how you came up with the next million-dollar startup idea “in your sleep.”

  • 09 /11 | The Unusual Habits Of 8 Famous Creative Minds

    Who draws idea-embryos--and who stands on his head? These great minds in music, writing, and art have some weird ways of bringing forth genius.

  • 10 /11 | The 5 Questions Successful People Ask Themselves

    Take a deep breath, then take a long look at your goals, successes, and failures. These questions are hard to answer, but they’ll keep you on the right track.

  • 11 /11 | 9 Beach Reads For Ambitious People

    And finally, as we send you off on a long weekend: These books will keep your gears turning while you’re out-of-office reply does the rest.

Here are the stories you loved in Leadership, for the month of June.

The Marvel Superhero You’ve Never Heard Of And His 1.3 Million Followers

You’d want Agent M on your social media team. Known at Ryan Penagos outside of his alter-ego, he manages 20 social media accounts for the comic giant, and has a few lessons to share with mere marketing mortals.

6 Steps To Turn Strangers Into Connections

You don’t have to be outgoing to follow these bits of advice for meeting new people. It can be as simple as changing your body language, and saying hello.

The Tech Company With The Radical Idea That Having A Baby Shouldn’t Derail Your Career

The CEO of Palo Alto Systems brought her babies to work in slings around her neck until they were four months old. "Don’t give employees burritos, foosball, and kegs. You need to think about the real things that will matter to employees and give you access to talent you’re losing," she says.

The Secret To Creativity, Intelligence and Scientific Thinking

Knowledge becomes experience through real-life connections. Make more of them with these tips on idea-building, based on scientific studies and industry leaders’ anecdotes.

Sorry, Not Sorry—Why Women Need To Stop Apologizing For Everything

How many times have you apologized today, even if you did nothing wrong? Saying "sorry" too much can make you less, not more, likeable in the long run.

What Your Email Style Reveals About Your Personality

Long emails make you look thorough, yet needy. Emoticons can be immature, or friendly. How does your own email style stack up?

Do These 3 Things Before Bed To Hack Your Creativity While You Sleep

Dream on, dreamer—but make these quick, fun activities part of your wind-down routine. You can brag about how you came up with the next million-dollar startup idea "in your sleep."

The Unusual Habits Of 8 Famous Creative Minds

Who draws idea-embryos—and who stands on his head? These great minds in music, writing, and art have some weird ways of bringing forth genius.

The 5 Questions Successful People Routinely Ask Themselves

Take a deep breath, then take a long look at your goals, successes, and failures. These questions are hard to answer, but they’ll keep you on the right track.

9 Beach Reads For Ambitious People

And finally, as we send you off on a long weekend: These books will keep your gears turning while you’re out-of-office reply does the rest.

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