Eleanor Roosevelt set the standard for today’s strong, visible first lady. But she had help along the way from at least two mentors.
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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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?”
“This is your own business,” James Nordstrom tells his employees. “Don’t listen to us in Seattle. Listen to your customer.”
Leaders often have to break out of the molds other people set for them, says leadership guru Warren Bennis. They have to invent themselves.