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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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.
As a leader, you face decisions, and then you face defining moments when you have to dig down to your core values and choose a certain path.


In his essay “Nature,” American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us that we’re surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty every day, yet we rarely take time to recognize and appreciate it.
Back in 1969, women’s fitness pioneer Lucille Roberts opened her first gym not far from Penn Station in New York. Roberts’ concept (revolutionary for its time) was a women’s exercise facility that catered not to suburban wives but to commuting women who had to sandwich exercise time between jobs and families.
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