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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Building power by deceiving others, even in small ways, is false leadership, which in the end will only bring any leader down.
Retired Army Gen. William A. Cohen offers seven facts you need to know before you can start leading.
Phil Rosenzweig, professor at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland, warns against halos, or a version of the “halo effect” that clouds our thinking about leadership.
Laptops, cell phones, BlackBerries, IM, wireless everything. The U.S. work force stays connected to the workplace more than ever.
Are you constantly encouraged to enjoy the fruits of your labors? It’s all too easy to sink back into that feeling of contentment and self-satisfaction called complacency.
Leadership consultant Antony Bell tells this story to show the stubbornness of our assumptions: what psychologists and scientists call our “paradigms.”
The first President Bush possessed a deft touch with volunteers, staff and media that made them want to follow him as early as the 1980 presidential campaign, in which Bush bowed out after Ronald Reagan overtook him.
Carmine Romano, who manages the world’s biggest aircraft maintenance facility, wasn’t thrilled when told in 2004 that the only way to avoid bankruptcy was to start sharing power with his American Airlines mechanics. Things hadn’t gone real smoothly over the years.

Companies led by CEOs with military experience have outperformed the S&P 500 Index over the past three-, five- and 10-year periods by as much as 20 percentage points, according to a study by executive search firm Korn/Ferry International ...

"If I had known I was going to be in HR so long, I would have started to get serious about the profession sooner." Noted HR expert Michael R. Losey says he's heard this story a number of times. His advice: Get serious about your career now, before it's too late.

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