Executive Leadership

Spare yourself the stress of thinking you can turn around troubled team members in only a meeting or two.

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Energize your team with a quick meeting each Monday morning.

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The “economy of force” principle is simple: Use your power skillfully
and prudently so that you reserve your maximum force for the point of
decision. Case history: Early in World
War II, when England suddenly stood alone against the Nazis, Adolf
Hitler figured he could squeeze the U.K. to death.

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Start your creative juices flowing by finding a quiet place and reserving it exclusively for thinking.

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Manage your expectations of newly formed teams with this Zen adage in mind:

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Stand out from the pack of capable colleagues

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Starbucks founder Howard Schultz credits leadership guru Warren Bennis
with teaching him that becoming a great leader requires recognizing the
skills and characteristics you don’t have and hiring people who do have
them. “Best advice” from other leaders:

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John Rutter is a renowned composer and conductor based in England. Although he’s sunny in both disposition and musical inflection, he also
sets rigid requirements and usually manages to elicit a more powerful
performance than even the chorus members thought possible.

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The gentle, highly paid Marshall Goldsmith says leaders “are waking up to the new reality that they can’t be SOBs and get away with it.” If you think you can improve yourself, here are Goldsmith’s four golden
rules, at a lower rate than the $17,000 per gig he usually charges:

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Roslyn Courtney used to think leaders were aloof. What she discovered
is that the best ones are down-to-earth, approachable, open and frank. “There shouldn’t be this mentality that the big, important person is on
top and the little people are on the bottom,” says the researcher. Here are some other characteristics Courtney has pinpointed in leaders:

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