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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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With so much information at our fingertips, it’s tempting to rely on data to make important decisions. But don’t overlook other variables. Consider the case of a big U.S. bank CEO.
Leaders need to pay close attention to their management income statement, or “natural P&L,” the cornerstone for managing any organization. Every organization is unique, so every statement needs to vary slightly, but what all good management reports have in common are characteristics that make them useful.
All growth is good. Bigger is better. All businesses must either “grow or die.” Small business owners have heard these mantras for years. But, “at best those beliefs are half-truths and at worst they’re pure fiction,” argues business professor Ed Hess.
When David Cote took the reins at Honeywell in 2002, the company was still reeling from a series of unfortunate events. Having trained under GE’s Jack Welch, Cote began the task of forming a new Honeywell culture.
As a leader, you can expect everything you say and do to be under constant evaluation. From the first few moments of his appearance as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis I expressed humility through his demeanor as well as his words.

Knowing, beyond a doubt, what customers want requires a zealous commitment to metrics. And no one commits better than Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. Here’s what a “culture of metrics” has allowed Bezos to do as a leader.

To launch a change campaign, start by assessing the present situation and then using it as a basis for crafting a better future. At least that’s what most experts would have advised a decade ago. The new strategy is to begin by envisioning the kind of future you want for your organization.
Many executives equate strategic planning with staging a “SWOT analysis”—an examination of their organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. But recent research adds another element to the mix: an organization's culture.

Do you rely on your “golden gut” when making decisions? Or do you believe that other people in your organization have expertise or opinions that can help make your decisions better? Greg Burrill, owner and founder of home-builders WGB Homes, is in the second camp.

Peter Diamandis, who runs the X Prize Foundation, believes we’re on the cusp of a “world of abundance.” As he sees it, “abundance” is about creating a life of possibility. And he views the biggest, most foreboding topics­—water scarcity, climate change, population explosion—in terms of that possibility.

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