Executive Leadership

How many leaders personally ride herd on training? Very few. Yet, Andy Grove, former president of Intel and now board chairman, says
supervising company training is one of the most important tasks any
leader can assume.

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Some leaders are overconfident in their own ideas and refuse to listen
to others. It’s a leadership trap many people fall into the higher they
rise. Here are some effective ways to avoid it:

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Lift the spirits of those who are having a bad day by tossing a few encouraging words their way.

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Unearth hidden information while negotiating by altering the time line.

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Evaluate your people’s aptitude by analyzing the documents they write.

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Hard knocks can teach you as much as great experiences can. But to
unlock the lessons of hardship, emerging leaders need two things:

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Back in 2003, St. Louis Cardinals baseball manager Tony La Russa
experienced a leadership gaffe that gave him insomnia for weeks
afterward. The situation: Cardinals veteran Jeff Fassero on the mound, bases loaded and Red Sox slugger Nomar Garciaparra at the plate.

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Identify future leaders by delegating the kind of work they will have to tackle years from now.

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Jack Stack, the guy who invented a form of open-book management called
the Great Game of Business, says you can go too far in trying to light
a fire under people. He pleads guilty.

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Run down this Marine Corps recruiting checklist to make sure you’re
doing everything you can to attract and keep the best people:

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