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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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In times of change—which is pretty much all the time—you need to make yourself visible to your people.
Lynda Lovejoy, who will face the incumbent president of the Navajo Nation in next month’s tribal election, is up against more than a runoff. She’s also challenging a cultural taboo against women leaders.
Heed the words of David Corderman, chief of the FBI’s Leadership Development Institute: “Leaders are born and made.”
Deborah Gruenfeld enjoys studying leaders who behave badly. “There are just so many good examples of people with power who behave in ways that demand some kind of psychological explanation,” says the director of Stanford’s Center for Leadership Development and Research.
After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, U.S. Gen. George C. Marshall called Dwight Eisenhower into his office and asked him: “What should our general line of action be?” A young general who had not yet seen war, Eisenhower knew that Marshall was trying to test his ability to handle greater responsibility.
To be a good leader, follow these tips:
Researchers have uncovered the motivations behind why employees stay loyal to their employers. Here are the top 18:
Benjamin Franklin managed to set up America’s first publishing chain, public library, fire department and nonsectarian university; plus “discover” electricity; invent bifocals, a stove and daylight-saving time; map the Gulf Stream and write the first national best-seller. What principles drove him?
These days, “nice” is a leadership tool, especially in light of Enron-style accounting, vanishing pensions, quarter-billion-dollar executive pay packages and bloggers eager to report what it’s like to work at your organization. “Positive energy is the Holy Grail of business right now,” notes University of Michigan professor Kim Cameron.
In his methodical way, Arthur Berchin loves to win. As coach of this year’s academic decathlon team at William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., Berchin in April led the school to its third national title. Here’s how Berchin does it:
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