Following research by Harvard University on the 100 best performing chief
executives in the world, CEO.com and DOMO have come up with an infographic
which crunches the qualities down to the basics.
Nothing gets citizens as hot under the collar as how the government - any government - spends their hard earned money.
And nowhere in the world do voters voice their anger on federal financial foul-ups as vocally as in the good old US of A.
Results from a recent Reason-Rupe poll indicates that 76% of Americans believe that their government spends too much money.
This shouldn't come as a big surprise, given the fact the recession, ignited by the sub-prime scandal of 2008, is still biting into household budgets, right down to the bone.
Nobody could argue that running the world's most powerful country is easy - or cheap; it definitely isn't.
But how many successive politicians who have successfully persuaded the electorate that the economy would be safe in their hands have made good on their promise?
Today's infographic from Accounting-Degree.info exposes a brief history of America's fiscal fandangos.
It's been five years since the spectacular collapse of global financial services firm, Lehman Brothers, which recorded the largest bankruptcy filing in US history.
Lehman's, which managed a staggering $600 billion in assets, was the world's biggest casualty of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the effects of which are still being felt today.
Lehman Brothers was involved in a major controversy over executive pay, most notably that of the chief executive, Richard Fuld, who admitted to receiving $300 million over eight years, an equivalent of $37.5 million a year.
Fuld, who described himself as "the most hated man in America" during the inquiry following the collapse of the 158-year-old bank, wasattacked and knocked out cold, allegedly by a disgruntled colleague.
Five years on and bankers are still hated, but the US banking industry has recovered to record profitability.
So, what are the movers and shakers that ran the financial giant up to these days?
The answer is in today's infographic from the International Business Times.
What makes a good leader?
It's a simple question, but one with a potentially huge number of responses.
Some may say it's charisma; for others it may be decisiveness; yet more may insist that a good leader must be a motivator, a defender or benefactor.
Most of us are familiar with the names of leaders who have been judged by historians as 'great', while the jury's still out on leaders in recent times who have contributed significantly to their country or the world, yet - crippled by personal obsessions - have spectacularly fallen from grace.
Today's infographic is from Norwich University, which goes into depth about what truly defines a good leader.
Infographics are the business!
Or, as Wikipedia puts it: "Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.
They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends.
The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture."
Readers of this blog would have noticed that I've been using them a great deal in the past few months.
The reasons are simple: they're often far more interesting than writing, people like them...and they're easy to upload.
Eternal thanks to the creators of the infographics used on this website and my favourite source, Visually.
Today's comes from B2B Marketing.
Thoughts on customer service, communication and, of course, reputation management.