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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On the fan side, there’s Nikki Vinci, who a few years ago heard a song by the Damnwells, went to the band’s web site and bought a T-shirt. She not only became a customer of Musictoday, a low-key fulfillment house serving artists, she eventually went on to manage dozens of its online stores, including sites for Tiger Woods, Led Zeppelin and the Damnwells.
But give them more than lip service.
A leadership practice worth copying.
Lady Bird Johnson, who died earlier this year, had to make many adjustments in her lifetime, which she did with courage and aplomb.
In the “Wild Kingdom,” you’ve got your alpha and omega animals, as demonstrated by tigers. Then you’ve got your horse of a different color.
Too many leaders base hiring decisions on education and credentials alone. They fail to consider “softer” questions, such as:
Leadership gurus say leaders must be self-assured and unflinching.
Tracy Reese, who owns a New York fashion design studio, started out humbly from an apartment in Harlem. Sometimes, she didn’t have train fare to get to the fashion district, so she walked the 60-block round trip.

The rumor mill has been working overtime about the health of Steve Jobs, but whether the tech visionary is ill or whether he’ll lead Apple for another 20 years leaves open the question of who could take over when he’s gone. It’s dicey.

Management professors are beginning to study "user innovation" as a vital ingredient of commercial creativity.
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