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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You may have a hefty to-do list, but each item on it should support one of three—and only three—work priorities that you’ve set, says Chuck Martin, head of NFI Research.
Below, we list the nine key qualities people seek most in a leader, as research shows. Which qualities do you own?
Spare yourself the stress of thinking you can turn around troubled team members in only a meeting or two.
Energize your team with a quick meeting each Monday morning.
Starbucks founder Howard Schultz credits leadership guru Warren Bennis with teaching him that becoming a great leader requires recognizing the skills and characteristics you don’t have and hiring people who do have them. “Best advice” from other leaders:
Although Native Americans in the late 19th century were fighting a losing battle, they still enjoyed moments of leadership. This is one of them.
When Kevin Rollins took over as chief executive at Dell last year, he arrived just in time to see profits begin to slump. Rollins could’ve blamed a saturated marketplace or other external factors. Instead, he decided that poor management was to blame. In a gutsy upside-down move to shake things up, he asked employees to review their bosses’ performance.
Gauge your people’s leadership potential by letting them drive you somewhere.
Disavow these 5 leadership myths:
U.S. business leaders tend to be professional managers with fewer family and political ties than leaders elsewhere, says one Harvard business professor who’s studied the issue. Because of this relative independence from family and politics in business, the research indicates, Americans use a greater variety of leadership styles. Which one of these describes you?
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