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.

Browse our articles, tools and advice on best-practices leadership.

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Early in his career, John Allison knew he possessed strong math and analytical skills. But the young banker wanted to do more than crunch numbers, so he developed as a leader. He became BB&T’s CEO in 1989 and served in that role for nearly 20 years.
In 1985, Steve Jobs launched a computer firm called NeXT. He set ambitious goals at NeXT to serve the higher education market, but that meant he needed to recruit a top-notch technical team to his new company. In his efforts to woo Steve Mayer, a video engineer who had co-founded Atari Corp., Jobs pulled out all the stops.
To see what self-awareness has to do with overcoming obstacles, researchers look at how people use it. Take David Chang, who started out with a humble noodle bar, Momofuku. It wasn’t going anywhere. Instead of blaming someone, he subjected himself to a brutal self-assessment.
On June 2, 1944, all the pieces were in place for the largest amphibious assault in world history. Planning for D-Day fell to Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower. The only unknown? The weather. How did he make one of the most consequential decisions in history?
Here’s one of the most important questions a leader must ask: How do we do business? It’s critical to establish the values and ethics that undergird any organization.
Peter Aceto, CEO of ING Direct Canada, has plunged into the world of social media. He uses Twitter to forge relationships with consumers and build the ING brand. Follow his lead in doing social media with three simple guidelines.
In case you have never seen the abbreviation, BYOD means "bring your own device." While it does reduce costs, some organizations find that if BYOD is not implemented properly, it can endanger sensitive data and pose additional risks to your company.
Success is as much what you don’t do as what you do. Here are seven things leaders should not do.
Tim O’Shaughnessy, founder of the daily deals company LivingSocial, truly is social in his approach to leading. He also likes bold new approaches.

Chief executive Dan Akerson is making progress in steering GM toward a common vision and chipping away at the old bureaucracy. Here’s how Akerson is trying to turn things around.

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