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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.

Too many leaders base hiring decisions on education and credentials alone. They fail to consider “softer” questions, such as:
Leadership gurus say leaders must be self-assured and unflinching.
Tracy Reese, who owns a New York fashion design studio, started out humbly from an apartment in Harlem. Sometimes, she didn’t have train fare to get to the fashion district, so she walked the 60-block round trip.

The rumor mill has been working overtime about the health of Steve Jobs, but whether the tech visionary is ill or whether he’ll lead Apple for another 20 years leaves open the question of who could take over when he’s gone. It’s dicey.

If your people rely too heavily on a company manual or rulebook, take a new tack.
A great idea is hiding somewhere in your organization. Can you find it and put it to use? If you have no clue how to uncover that idea, some of the reasons might include:
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helú, who recently beat out Bill Gates as the richest man on earth, takes an unconventional view of how to establish his legacy.
See whether you can relax enough to let your team innovate. Here’s a business consultant’s list of questions titled “Confessions of a Control Freak.”Ask yourself how self-assured you actually are:
More proof of why leadership is not about sheer talent:
As United Airlines cuts routes, flights on the friendly-skies carrier have been getting scarcer. Workplace hostility, however, has never been more abundant. United filed a lawsuit in July against its pilots and the Air Line Pilots Association, claiming they organized a sick-out to protest the company’s plan to cut 1,450 jobs this fall ...