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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The Associated Press placed Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the top 10 athletes of the 20th century. "The formula for success is simple," she said. "Practice and concentration, then more practice and more concentration."
The science on forgiveness only dates back to 1989. Here’s some of what’s known.

Michele Ferrero only gave one interview and kept one secret: the recipe for his hazelnut-chocolate spread, Nutella. In that one interview, though, Italy’s chocolate king revealed three other trade secrets.

When CEO Bob Diamond resigned from his post at Barclays, it sent a message to other bankers: Even the head honcho’s job isn’t safe if the company gets ensnared in an ethics scandal. Diamond, who left in 2012 over questionable actions among his bank’s traders related to manipulating interest rates, may not have realized a tenet of ethical leadership: It’s not what you’re doing that counts as much as how you’re judged in the court of public opinion.

Plan your succession ... Listen to your inner voice ... Try a novel out-of-office message.
Andrew McAfee of MIT’s Sloan School of Management calculates that half of our current jobs will be automated out of existence. So how should leaders respond? Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme says they need to dump some assumptions.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked working moms for their best tips on achieving a work-life balance. Here’s what they had to say.
Top companies are stripping away the barriers to harness the best ideas from customers, partners, R&D teams, external technologies and literally every member of staff. A new report explains where it's all headed.

Begin your day with a brief planning session, the way great chefs do. So says Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, using an approach called mise-­en-place.

Get the conversation going with three questions ... Decelerate your life ... Hoard ideas and deploy them at the right moment.
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