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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Former Warner-Lambert CEO Melvin Goodes made identifying potential leaders a lifelong priority. He asked executives throughout the ranks to evaluate the leadership potential of the managers they supervised by answering these questions:

Health insurance premiums are growing at double-digit rates each year.
Ray Gilmartin faced a daunting task in 1994 when he signed on as president and CEO of Merck & Co.
To maintain your leadership position, ask yourself the following hard-edged questions posed by leadership wise men Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan.
Leaders aren’t born. A single, transforming experience can make them. Craig Venter, the man who raced the government to a tie in mapping the human genome, started out as a beach bum … until Uncle Sam drafted him and sent him to Vietnam.
Former Pepsi executive Michael Feiner offers a workable definition of the difference between management and leadership.
Parallels between climbing a mountain and leading your organization to the top abound. Here’s one: Before you reach the summit, you have to pass through an intensely competitive “death zone.”
When a legal crisis erupts, your organization will rely heavily on an attorney.
Buddhists believe that the greatest masters of pottery, Kung Fu and other arts never forget how they felt on the day they began their studies. Here’s how to adapt that “beginner’s mind” to leadership:
Issue: When can (and should) you use personality testing to screen applicants? Benefit: More tests are available online, which makes them easier and cheaper ...
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