Europe's Ryder Cup captain talks about his passion for business, start-up ventures and leadership
A guide to bringing the best and brightest onto your board of directors
The chief executive of the UK Fashion & Textile Association, reflects on his 40-year career
The father-and-son team behind fine-food distributor RH Amar talk about their working relationship
The global chief operating officer of Wolff Olins reveals her leadership secrets
The UK managing director of Patek Philippe discusses people, planes and pivotal career moments
Amee Chande of Staples reflects on key moments in her career
How a 28-year-old chief exec is turning round air ambulance charity Magpas
The chief executive of BSI shares his insights on striving for excellence
SodaStream's UK boss invites us to her Cambridgeshire HQ to talk about revamping the famous brand
How Italian company Technogym is bringing wellness to the workplace – and boosting the bottom line
Charities are feeling the pinch but after clever reorganisation by chief executive Claire Horton, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has bucked the trend
The chief executive of champagne house Piper-Heidsieck invites Director into her chic HQ in Reims
When your company is facing massive change and the pressure is on, will your teamwork skills be up to the task?
We celebrate the best leadership in British business
Legendary retailer Sir Stuart Rose talks about life as a non-exec, the best advice he could give a leader and why he truly thinks things are about to get better
As she prepares to speak at the IoD Women As Leaders conference, the managing director of entertainment and news for BSkyB, looks back at her career to date
How can SMEs best use business intelligence to spot opportunities and trends? Nine business leaders discuss
How Telefonica UK at O2 found success in the business market
A journey to the top of Jersey law firm Ogier
How Michelin Tyre's UK managing director has reinvigorated the company and focussed his workforce firmly on the future
Get the most out of the cleverest in your company
The director general of the Royal Horticultural Society invites us into her colourful office in Surrey
LeapFrog's senior vice-president talks innovation, leadership and CSR
The CEO of Havas on why profitable businesses in the future will be socially responsible ones
The Virgin Media chief executive on the talent generation, turning the company around and how had to change the tack on leadership
LinkedIn's Ariel Eckstein talks hyper-growth, mentoring and how to build the perfect profile
Thirteen business leaders gather to discuss surviving and thriving in challenging times
Idel World chief executive Mike Hancox issued a profits warning on his second day on the job. Now his company's booming
Idel World chief executive Mike Hancox issued a profits warning on his second day on the job. Now his company's booming
Saatchi & Saatchi's Kevin Roberts talks about creativity, inspirational leadership and Generation Y
Implementing big changes at CyDen and "professionalising" the business
Premiership Rugby's Mark McCafferty on making rugby union commercial, Stateside lessons and how to deal with a crisis
The legendary PR talks about her Fleet Street days, breaking the rules and learning to love technology
The former chairman of Tesco spent nearly four decades at the company during which time it became Britain's leading retailer
The chief executive of The Christie, Europe's largest cancer centre, on nuturing the organisation back to financial health
Would the UK economy be in better shape if we learnt to negotiate? Yes, says leading negotiator Clive Rich
On a mild and sunny September day in London the great and the good from organisations across the UK gathered to celebrate this year's IoD Director of the Year Awards UK Final
Brewer Adnams has been making beer for 139 years but this is no old-fashioned company – it's a pioneer of investment in new technology and energy efficiency. No wonder readers of The Good Pub Guide voted it brewery of the year in 2011
The new IoD Director General talks to
Director about policy, people and plans for Britain's economic recovery
Led by John Lewis, co-owned businesses are on the rise – they tend to be not only successful but good for workers too
The Deloitte partner, responsible for relationship management and business development in public sector corporate finance, tells
Director the lessons she's learnt
The remarkable story of Divine Chocolate, the small confectionary company that changed the UK's perception of Fairtrade business
Meet the businesses that are regenerating communities and boosting their balance sheets
The outgoing IoD director general on the lessons he's learnt
The Discovery boss on why understanding the British male is key to her network's success
The head of the National Trust talks about modernising one of the UK's oldest institutions
Sports car maker Lotus is heading upmarket. Its ambition to rival luxury brands Porsche and Ferrari will see the launch of five new models in under four years. We met the man behind the plan
Staying healthy is a must for directors but how do you spare time for fitness training when there's a business to run?
The recent natural disasters have affected supply chains across the globe. Director brought together a group of executives from a variety of sectors to discuss their impact on business in the UK. This was their response
Strategy is easy to define, so why do so many companies get it wrong?
As social media grows apace, directors are being urged to share more information about their business with consumers. But how do you embrace openness and transparency without hurting your brand?
Creative self-starters who are given free rein to experiment can offer big rewards for innovative companies. But do the benefits of entrepreneurial cultures outweigh the hazards of a potential talent exodus?
From financing growth to managing reputation, a group of business leaders tell
Director what it's like at the coalface
Running a business with a spouse offers flexibility and financial rewards. But what happens when barriers between work and home life blur? Three successful couples give their verdict
How do companies hang on to high performers? If the competition really wants to poach your brightest people, throwing money at the problem will only go so far
How do you build a winning corporate culture? Do workplace perks and better engagement help create dynamic companies or does success ultimately depend on leadership style?
How do businesses make money and create jobs in troubled sectors? Here four companies flourishing against the grain reveal secrets of their success
As Sir Terry Leahy prepares to leave Tesco, he reflects on a career that turned an unfashionable home-grown supermarket chain into a global retail juggernaut and made him Britain's most celebrated business leader
As defence cuts loom, more and more military personnel are eyeing corporate careers. How easy is it for ex-soldiers to make the switch?
Risk tolerance is often the difference between success and failure in business. But just how well do directors cope with jeopardy? We invite a group of leaders to undergo a psychological test
Ken Way, a sports psychologist and business coach, offers 10 tips for winning leadership
I run a medium-sized engineering firm that needs to change to cope with new competitors. But change is being resisted. How can I get my employees to display the same bravery and persistence that entrepreneurs do, as they don't seem to get it?
Behavioural psychology is seen as a way of helping leaders to increase their influence. Does it work, and how can directors convince others to follow them?
Graham Honeyman won the top prize, but what the IoD's inaugural Director of the Year Final showed most of all was a sense of purpose and spirit through adversity
Presentation coach Maggie Eyre offers tips for smoother public speaking
Kim Winser is the fashion boss who took Pringle of Scotland onto the catwalk and transformed the image of Aquascutum. Now her mission is to give sassy lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur global prestige without losing its heart and soul
The London School of Economics says dominance in business can alienate followers and weaken decision-making. But others defend the "tiger" in the boardroom. Who's right?
Engineering firm Arup pays people to see and shape the future. In a global workforce of 10,000 how does it make sure their voices are heard?
Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP, a field of practical psychology developed in the US in the early 1970s, is now widely used in business and personal coaching. What can it tell us about successful team-building?
Sporting referees make rapid decisions under pressure, regardless of popularity. What can business leaders learn from them?
Lord Blair, former Metropolitan Police commissioner
In 2009 David Cameron showed the potential to be a good leader. How is he faring now that he's in office?
He wins plaudits for the calm, conciliatory way he champions trade union rights. But although the TUC boss wants to protect employees from coalition cuts, he's also keen to work with employers to promote economic growth
Tim Ward, chief executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance
From Olympic arenas to Westminster politics and sports leadership, Lord Coe has always set a brisk pace. Now, as chair of the London 2012 organising committee, he's in the biggest race of his life. And legacy is his watchword
Only one in eight directors of top British firms are women. Can we learn from Norway where companies must give females 40 per cent of board positions, or risk being shut down? Or should merit triumph over gender quotas?
Do TV entrepreneurs reflect reality?
Only 20 per cent of the public think bosses tell the truth about their business. The recession is blamed for rising suspicion, but as economic conditions improve how can leaders rebuild trust and engage employees?
With an election looming, Director asks leading wealth creators what they want from an Enterprise Manifesto
Director gathered a group of business leaders to discuss their hopes for UK enterprise
Roger Bone of Boeing UK on diplomacy in business
Kraft's £12bn capture of Cadbury has reignited the debate on overseas ownership of UK businesses. But in a global economy does it really matter that treasured national assets end up in expert foreign hands?
John Sachs, founder, Talking Heads and Talking Heads Production, on media challenges and why we're all programme controllers
Steering a smooth succession is a vital role of chief executives. But as high-profile debacles show, a botched job can spell trouble for the business
At the start of a new decade, we examine some of the predictions that might impact your business
The UK Slow Food movement is building support, bit by bit
Handled with care, conflict at the top of a company brings rewards. But powerful leaders who sweep away challenge can cause division and damage performance
Paul Deighton walked away from Goldman Sachs with a reported £110m. Now his task is delivering a flawless London Olympics
For years, employers have been told to build organisations that meet the demands of generation Y. Has the rise in youth unemployment shifted the balance of power?
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, the founders of Google... their creative ideas hold such sway that they shape the world around us. But how do these visionaries cast a spell and what can aspiring business leaders learn from them?
Founders of the Mowgli Foundation, Simon Edwards and Tony Bury, are changing lives with mentoring
In the long-term the economy needs more than people motivated "primarily" by money, argues Julia Middleton
Environmentalist turned strategist Adam Werbach on his central role in the fight against climate change
Jon Moulton warns the government to reduce public debt before it's too late
Two former M&C Saatchi ad men say their new agency breaks new ground. Just in time, too
CEOs call for inspirational, positive leadership
Last December, we asked whether non-executive directors were too slow to act when crisis loomed in the banking sector. Here four experienced NEDs outline how their role should work and comment on the robustness of UK corporate governance
As companies tackle the rigours of global recession, veterans of previous slumps reveal vital lessons they learned and ask whether their survival strategies would work as well today
Forget those image consultants, authentic leaders are brave enough to show passion and capable of saying sorry
Leading Generation Y through a downturn calls for new organisational techniques. Start by dumping micro-management for autonomy
Rebel shareholders are able to ambush even the largest companies. But working hard to keep investors onside in good times and bad can pay big rewards
When Gordon Brown first became prime minister, Director assessed how he would measure up as chief executive of Great Britain PLC. The omens weren't good. So how has he fared and what about his rivals for the top job?
Entrepreneurs are well known for their positive outlook, but how have recent economic events affected them? At the second meeting of its Entrepreneurs' Confidence Panel,
Director found out
Director asked five experts from different backgrounds to explain their approach
How to share the top job without causing chaos
Michelin has had a plant in Britain since 1927. And the tyre maker says it intends to stay here—whatever the state of the market
Business school deans are well placed to comment on leadership. We ask three of them what they expect from a CEO in a downturn and what they'll be teaching the next crop of students
However well we plan, life has a habit of throwing us off course every once in a while. But when things go wrong in our personal lives, we can use the lessons to improve our businesses
The England side may be out of next month's UEFA tournament, but it'll be business as usual for Betfair, the online betting exchange that is tackling the challenges of a fast-growth business in one of the UK's most highly regulated industries
With a different approach to employment, the government could give former prisoners a better chance of succeeding in the outside world—and save millions at the same time, says Jo Owen
Plastic surgeons and doctors offering anti-ageing and aesthetic treatments count increasing numbers of business people among their clients. What's behind the trend? And what does it say about corporate Britain?
Julia Middleton, founder and CEO of Common Purpose, says that leaders need to keep it real
Sharon Doherty, who worked for BAA during the Heathrow project, reveals the secrets that led to successful completion
After a costly management buy-out, planning delays and allegations of political sleaze, Macdonald Hotels is focusing on what it set out to do: treat staff well and create a centre of excellence for the Scottish hotel and catering industry
As business becomes truly global, directors could find themselves working in unfamiliar cultures—so it's time to bone up on foreign customs
Many of the world's best known and respected business leaders failed their way to success
Some smarter businesses are turning sustainability into an opportunity
A new scheme nurtures much needed leadership skills in the arts sector
Research reveals insight into the characteristics of our top directors
by Paul Sloane, author of The Innovative Leader
Diversification and innovation are key to the longevity and success of family firm Weatherbys, says director Nick Craven
Jim Collins talks to Joanna Higgins about what makes a great business leader
Anja Foerster and Peter Kreuz propose a "who dares wins" approach to open up new business opportunities
Far from staying out of politics, business directors are increasingly expected to walk their talk, leading and influencing policy beyond their own organisations
Management guru Jo Owen assesses the new prime minister's leadership strengths and weaknesses
Can the former Chancellor shed his insular image and make the hard decisions?
With his party heavily in debt, Gordon Brown needs the support of business. But the City no longer trusts him, says Paul Eastham
What do Martha Stewart, Winston Churchill and Bill Clinton have in common? They have all endured public scandal and disgrace, bounced back, and gone on to achieve further success
Taking a well-timed career break can help re-energise you and your company
Only a handful of UK women are reaching senior roles, and many are leaving business. Should companies fight harder to keep them?
In an industry without regulation, anyone can call themselves an executive coach. So how do you choose the right one?
Bad leaders can create mayhem in an organisation. The answer is effective training and development delivered in advance of a new post, says Ros Taylor
They can be tough to put up with and may jeopardise the bottom line, but they're often bold and creative too
Research shows that 80 per cent of what people think of as their "really significant learning" comes from tackling life's challenging situations, or experiential learning
Dr Cuross Bakhtiar, founder and chief executive of Harley Street Cosmetic has succeeded through leadership with a difference
In this extract from his latest book,
Liar's Paradise, Graham Edmonds identifies some of the heroes, villains and fraudsters who might make up the board and aspiring middle management of a company of rogues-Cruel and Unusual Ltd
Surviving a business downturn offers a great opportunity to display decisive, insightful leadership
Office politics isn't the sole preserve of middle-ranking executives-it can extend all the way up to the top, and get nasty
After retiring from the army in January 2004, Gulf War hero Colonel Tim Collins is now parlaying his distinguished 22-year military career into one as a business speaker