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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As you look back over the past few years, can you identify critical
projects that you thought about but never started? Can you justify your
inaction through lack of time or uncooperative colleagues? If so, you may have caved in to a simple lack of willpower, which two
authors of a new book identify as a common leadership problem.
Good managers are rare birds, and great leaders are even rarer, says management consultant Marcus Buckingham. That’s because leaders are unflinchingly, unfailingly optimistic. Here are Buckingham’s three requirements for a great leader:
Male leaders can do a lot worse than getting in touch with their trendy “feminine side.” At least, that’s what a new study by management consulting firm Caliper
indicates. The research, which assessed 59 women leaders and compared
them with a representative sample of their male peers, pinpoints
women’s particular strengths. Namely:
Adversity stinks, but it does wake you up.
Doug Sundheim, a leadership adviser whose friend recently got the ax in a round of corporate layoffs, says that when you find yourself in a tough spot, you should do the following:
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People who work with former Secretary of State Colin Powell report that
he’s a perfect gentleman who’s always polite, attentive and civil. Yet,
he also drives people crazy with his laser-like focus on excellence. Powell himself admits that trait when he says: “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.”
Judo lies at the heart of Ben Nighthorse Campbell’s leadership. That’s
because the sport required dogged self-discipline from a boy with a
troubled childhood who went on to become a U.S. senator.
Leaders can develop tunnel vision about performance, so it’s important
not to lose sight of your role in conveying the meaning of your
organization. Here’s how your job helps people make sense of their own jobs beyond their paychecks:
Arguably the most inspiring coach of all time, Vince Lombardi turned the also-ran Green Bay Packers into a football dynasty. Fortunately, Lombardi was not shy about expressing his leadership
philosophy, which comes across strong and clear in these quotes: