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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Look for the deeper reasons why people leave your organization. Use these exit-interview questions to smoke out chronic problems:
Charismatic CEO Carlos Ghosnhas driven Nissan’s historic turnaround with a simple leadership strategy:  State a lofty goal, and expect everyone to meet it.
“All the first-rate decision-makers I’ve observed had a very simple rule," says Peter Drucker:  “If you have quick consensus on an important matter, don’t make the decision. Acclamation means nobody has done the homework.”
When we joined a highly placed financial exec for lunch at the company cafeteria recently, we learned a leadership lesson when she asked a friendly cashier, “So, what’s on people’s minds today?”
Since winning office two years ago, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has shown what it takes to turn crisis into opportunity.
Leadership guru Marshall Goldsmith’s mother taught first grade in Kentucky. In her mind, everybody was a first-grader. Whenever Goldsmith’s father made a grammatical error, she would dish out a stern look and snap: “Bill! Bill!”
You can have all the “vision” in the world, but, unless you can execute your ideas, you’re sunk.
You may think of leaders as achieving incredible success in their careers, but true leadership is actually like a kaleidoscope of brilliant pieces reflecting a dynamic, balanced life.
Make people feel capable, as well as challenged. Effective leaders develop people by delegating a steady diet of ultrademanding projects to them.
With nearly 1,200 men aboard, plying the shark-infested waters of the Philippine Sea, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1945. Twelve minutes later, it sank.
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