Best-Practices Leadership

A leader in an organization can’t do everyone’s job. Instead of micromanaging, strong leaders use organizational leadership to coordinate, communicate, motivate and delegate among employees and team members. For comprehensive organizational effectiveness, each individual needs to be seen as a contributor, with the leader at the helm.

Most importantly, best-practices leadership involves keeping employees motivated throughout the process, adapting your scope or strategy as necessary, and developing an effective communication strategy.

Some people never make it to the other side because they’re more successful at being doers. This is a crucial point in determining if you’re going to move up the ranks.

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One CEO says the worst decision he ever made was making an ill-advised joke.
It’s common to hear top executives discuss how they took someone’s advice and it paid off. But sometimes, leaders reject seemingly sound advice—and reap the rewards.
How to start every workday

In less than a decade, once power-house Blackberry lost 95% of value. The reason is largely blamed on a lack of communication from the ground up. Employees didn’t share information, and management never fully realized the extent of the company’s problems. Make sure you follow these tips to avoid a break­­down like Blackberry experienced.

Here are some amazingly simple changes you can put into place to become more effective at leading your staff—and more influential with the higher-ups.
As David Gergen, a speechwriter for Richard Nixon, remained loyal to the president through the Watergate scandal, he kept hoping against hope that the accusations were all untrue. He would never forget what that taught him.
One thing we learned last month from former University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe is that inaction is often worse than making a bad decision.
Attorney Douglas Brown at Post University and David Scarola, vice president of the Alternative Board, offer these insights for managing expectations and avoiding disappointments on an advisory board.
What happened when one executive dared to crowdsource the solution to a business problem? Resentment among the staff—and an actual solution.
While it’s often tempting to instinctively defend your manager, that’s a risky gamble. Misplaced loyalty can get you into trouble.