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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Davy Crockett—an amazing hunter and scout who became a judge, colonel, state legislator, U.S. congressman, character and wag—exuded leadership in his own, homespun way.
“Leaders develop daily,” says leadership guru John Maxwell, “not in a day.” And that sums up Maxwell’s approach to leadership: committing to personal growth over time. Here are some of Maxwell’s ideas for improving yourself:
Who are the future leaders in your organization? According to a survey of top executives, they’re people who can:
In 1973, the U.S. Army training manual outlined a leadership philosophy called “Be, Know and Do.” Over the years, a number of leaders have credited that philosophy for their success. Here’s how you can apply it:
When former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke at a conference hosted by the Center for Creative Leadership last year, he named six essential qualities of great leadership:
Customer-service workers are the face of your company, and they’re especially vital at smaller businesses. So, don’t just rely on a résumé and a good first impression to choose such employees.
The ability to engage and motivate employees, followed by the ability to communicate, are the skills that organizations want most in their leaders, says a new study by Right Management Consultants.
After the fall of Baghdad in 2003, looters carried off tens of thousands of antiquities from the National Museum of Iraq. Marine Reserve Col. Matthew Bogdanos has made it his mission to get them back. Here are the leadership traits Bogdanos is applying:
Someone once advised Marcy Blochowiak, head of the Georgia-based financial services marketing firm World Financial Group, that she would have to lead herself before she could lead others. “Leader of one, leader of many,” Blochowiak remembers the rhyme. “If you can’t lead one, you can’t lead any.”
Brazilian equipment supplier Semco has grown an average 27.5 percent a year for 14 years, despite wild fluctuations in Brazil’s economy. The reason: Semco’s radical use of participative management. Of the employees’ 3,000 votes, CEO Ricardo Semler gets only one.
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