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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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To astronaut Eileen Collins, leadership consists of four values: technical ability, an understanding of people, openness to new ideas (no big ego allowed), fairness—without even a perception of unfairness.


Leadership is as simple as a drill sergeant’s welcome to boot camp—and as powerful, says Mark Bender, are tired Army lieutenant colonel whose 24 years of active duty ranged from infantry to intelligence. Here are his 10 strategies to stay hungry and keep your troops moving:
Watch “American Idol” for only 10 minutes and you’ll understand what makes the three judges tick. Each owns a classic leadership style with its own strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what we mean:
Peter Drucker, that sage of business management, came up with these questions to help leaders of nonprofit institutions not only see the future but shape it. The questions work equally well for government and business leaders.
IBM founder Thomas Watson Sr. was much more than a wildly successful businessman:  He was a seer.
In 1976, rebel forces kidnapped Bill Niehous, general manager of Owens-Illinois’ Venezuelan operations, and held him in the jungle for three years before he escaped.
Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson is no shrinking violet. But he’s only half joking when he says he fears Jamie Foster Brown, his protégé who’s now a media phenomenon herself.
Great leaders tell people not only what to do, but also why.
Issue: How much should you, or the hiring manager, "sell" a position versus giving the full picture, warts and all? Risk: Providing an overly rosy scenario will create ...
When Franklin D. Roosevelt won the presidency in 1932, the 20th Amendment was not yet in place, meaning his inauguration would not take place until March 4, 1933, instead of Jan. 20. That gave the defeated Herbert Hoover, a very bitter lame duck, months to undermine Roosevelt.
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