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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Back in 2003, St. Louis Cardinals baseball manager Tony La Russa experienced a leadership gaffe that gave him insomnia for weeks afterward. The situation: Cardinals veteran Jeff Fassero on the mound, bases loaded and Red Sox slugger Nomar Garciaparra at the plate.
Identify future leaders by delegating the kind of work they will have to tackle years from now.
Run down this Marine Corps recruiting checklist to make sure you’re doing everything you can to attract and keep the best people:
Tom Johnson—a capable, driven, highly successful exec—was having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. With little warning, his secretary would have to reschedule his appointments. The problem: Johnson, former publisher of The Los Angeles Times and later chief executive of CNN, was secretly suffering from chronic depression.
Issue: Executives are reluctant to approve training unless they can prove that it will pay for itself many times over.
Benefit: By providing the CEO with legitimate return-on-investment (ROI) figures, ...
Sir Alan Sugar, founder of Britain's computers-and-electronics giant Amstrad, offers advice that's more down-to-earth and useful than what's on offer in the various books spawned by Donald Trump and the U.S. "Apprentice."
Issue: Most people remain silent in the face of minor disrespectful incidents at work.
Risk: Your silence can be interpreted as acceptance of the other person's behavior, leading to major ...
Fear of sexual-harassment suits have forced many American leaders to stop touching people. Yet, some top executives, including Jack Welch, still include a pat on the shoulder or a warmer-than-usual handshake among their leadership tools. Here's how to use the power of touch:
Building and leading an effective team require choreographing a complex dance among people, roles and ideas. Follow these four steps:
Sure, barbarians scaled the walls. But they didn’t cause the fall of Rome; leadership failure did the trick. Most sobering of all, the mistakes Roman leaders made can destroy your career and organization, too.
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