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.

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After studying ancient Greek drama masterpieces, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) concluded that great accomplishments come from people who can think in two distinct ways at the same time:

Several readers recently asked us about the use of semicolons versus commas in a complex sentence.

It may strike you as odd that someone could see fictional TV mobster Tony Soprano as a leader, even though his character is quite literally a “boss.”
He may be a pompous windbag, but Donald Trump in “The Apprentice”  does provide a weirdly accurate playbook for aspiring leaders.
Bad news is a given, but how you deliver it is not.
The most visionary leaders spend the least time committing their visions to paper and the most time living them, says leadership trainer Jim Collins.
The players’ association for professional golfers gives a trophy each year to the pro with the lowest stroke average over the season.
High-powered teams function like the high-powered creative groups that produce Hollywood movies, says leadership guru Warren Bennis. Here’s how to build a Hollywood-style team of your own:
He was known for his reticence and composure, yet Gen. George C. Marshall, in at least three famous moments, publicly confronted his superiors.


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