Executive Leadership

In an annual review of 2004′s dumbest moments in business, these fine leaders came out on top:

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Leaders have tremendous
power to inspire and encourage, but some techniques actually undermine
performance. Here’s Samuel Spitalli’s list of 10 no-nos:

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Jim Collins studied 11 high-performing companies while writing his best-seller, Good to Great. He observed that great leaders boil down complex issues into action steps by asking these three questions:

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Apply these two gems of negotiating wisdom from a classic source:

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Even liberals may come to regard the late William Rehnquist as one of the best U.S. Supreme Court chief justices of the century. Reasons: His moderation and efficiency, his fairness and good nature helped him get along with ideological opponents.

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Brush up business-theory basics—from Gantt Charts to Maslow’s Hierarchy.

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Encourage learning and build creativity by explaining the results you’re looking for.

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Protect your laptop at the airport.

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Fear of sexual-harassment suits have forced many American leaders to stop touching people. Yet,
some top executives, including Jack Welch, still include a pat on the
shoulder or a warmer-than-usual handshake among their leadership tools. Here’s how to use the power of touch:

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Stay on top of your responsibilities with this technique from Donald Trump:

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