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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Alan Shugart, 70, founded Seagate Technology in 1979, building the company into the world’s largest independent manufacturer of disk drives and related components.
At its simplest, delegation involves handing over assignments to your employees. But there are four ways to delegate.
Congratulations! You’ve been appointed to lead your first team.
As founder, chairman, CEO and president of Storage USA Inc., the country’s second-largest self-storage company with $250 million in revenue, Dean Jernigan understands how to create a team.
You might think you’re a decent boss—the kind of boss you’d like to have—and you might be right. But get this: Your management style may drive your employees batty.
In the 25 years since she joined Ford Motor Co., Janine Bay has climbed the ladder to become director of vehicle personalization for the automotive consumer-services group.
You might be a brilliant thinker, a tireless worker and a nice person. But if you get caught in a communication breakdown, all your talents won’t save the day.
Some employees can’t maintain their excellence over time.
Dread delegating? You’re not alone.
As you watch the new president take office, you may think, “Why not me?”
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