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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Dean Kamen, inventor of the portable insulin pump, the wheelchair that climbs stairs and the Segway electric scooter, has three operating principles that have propelled him into leadership in his field:
In 2009, when the rest of the financial industry faced a crisis of legitimacy, Standard Chartered was raising its standing, increasing its overall lending and handing out small and midsize business loans. Today, the bank’s motto says it all: “Here for good.”
So much attention is paid to whether employees are “engaged” in their jobs or not. But managers at all levels need to periodically ask themselves a similar question: Are YOU engaged in managing your employees?

A potent quote, perhaps one learned early in your career, can convey your vision of life and work to your people. Enrique Salem, president and CEO of Symantec, reels off a few of his favorite leadership lessons, which happen to be quotes:

The good, old-fashioned focus group isn’t going away, but leaders are increasingly finding that they can bolster their companies’ R&D efforts by using social media strategies. Take a cue from leaders in the auto industry who use social media to engage with customers:
Understanding the distinction between power and leadership—how leaders use power to accomplish things—is the work of historian Robert Caro. In his books on President Lyndon Johnson, Caro shows that power doesn’t corrupt so much as it reveals: When you amass enough power, it reveals what you’ve really wanted all along.
You probably didn’t know that in 1937, a horse fell on musical genius Cole Porter, crushing his legs. Through 35 operations and chronic pain, he retained a keen sense of humor and found inspiration everywhere.
Sometimes, it takes a miracle to hold an organization (or yourself) together, and sometimes, that miracle turns out to be extremely hard to maintain.
One way to hang onto your optimism is to have a plan in the event of a worst-case scenario. As Winston Churchill did, have a backup plan in place because you might just need it.
Pandora, the free Internet radio that plays music specifically suited to your taste, continues to grow like a weed, with practically every metric skyrocketing. Pandora founder Tim Westergren says, "When you’re a small company, what you lack in scale you have to make up for by being a step ahead of the competition. Innovation is an absolute cornerstone of our company."
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