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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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  Were you a leader in your teenage years? What did people think about you then?

Apply these leadership tips from Bill Gates.

 Eleanor Roosevelt set the standard for today’s strong, visible first lady. But she had help along the way from at least two mentors.

As your responsibilities increase, you reach a point at which you can’t personally gather all the information you need to make critical decisions. You have to delegate some information-gathering responsibility to others.

 Treat failure as temporary setback.

The personal items in your office contribute more to your leadership than you realize. 

Look at people who are doing what you really want to do and ask: “If they’re doing that, why can’t I?” 

In a meeting last year, CEO Jan W. found herself in an awkward situation. “My whole sales staff was talking and talking about an account that they thought was critical,” she says. “I didn’t know anything about the account, and I was too embarrassed to admit it.”
Leaders stay levelheaded in the face of a crisis. Instead of panicking, they grasp facts quickly and make order out of chaos.
 

“This is your own business,” James Nordstrom tells his employees. “Don’t listen to us in Seattle. Listen to your customer.” 

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