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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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Bernard Pettis, who is black, worked for R.R. Donnelley as a materials handler, loading skids for press operator Tim Cain. Whenever Cain, who is white, helped Pettis seal the skids, he would smash Pettis’ hands under the top board, then laugh and tell co-workers, “I got his hands,” or “Ooh, look at him.”

Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna was both loved and loathed, famous and infamous. In war, he proved courageous and tenacious, yet many of the people he conquered described him as vindictive, despotic, rash and vain. He dubbed himself the “Napoleon of the West”...

When it comes to delegating, e-mail often is the last thing a leader lets go of. Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, believes you can remove yourself from the inbox entirely to gain valuable time. Here’s how he does it.

You probably know the pride and thrill of playing with OPM—other people’s money. Chances are, though, you wouldn’t abdicate your responsibility to those people, ignore advice and muse aloud about your own situation while losing all their money. It’s the opposite of leadership. Welcome to the world of Freddie Mac and its former CEO, Richard Syron.

As health insurance costs skyrocket, even as benefits dwindle, so does the trend toward employers setting up wellness programs—71% of U.S. employers offered such programs in 2008. Here’s how to make the case for establishing a wellness program in your workplace, plus initial steps to put the plan in motion.

Scores of organizations are looking for the next big thing. But in a survey of 247 senior executives, only 50% believe their organizations are “top in class” in innovation. How can you drive higher levels of innovation? For starters, look toward experts in the field ...

In tough economic times, organizations must focus on getting the highest possible return on their workforce investment. To achieve that goal, it’s more important than ever for supervisors to motivate employees, challenge them to peak efficiency and create an environment that helps them grow not just as employees, but as people. Here are six ways [...]

In case you were clinging to the idea that leaders fly solo, new evidence indicates they don’t. Research shows that leadership teams are four times as important as individual leaders in developing strategy.

Most leaders think strategy drives leadership. “The fact is, culture eats strategy for lunch,” says Dick Clark, who took over the pharmaceutical firm Merck in 2005 and discovered an insular, ivory tower culture ...

Combat stifling bureaucracy by coaching or removing indecisive managers, advises Ram Charan, co-author of Execution. “You know who they are,” he tells BusinessWeek ...

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