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.

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It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top, says leadership guru John C. Maxwell. Sure, you might be lonely there. So are people all along the organizational chart. Loneliness comes from personality, not position. To illustrate, here’s a story.

Hold yourself accountable for what you do and what you do not do.
You’d like to attend a professional workshop, seminar or conference, but you need to convince the boss to fund it. Be prepared to show a return on investment (ROI) for your professional development and how it will benefit you and the organization.
Is there anything that you are avoiding doing that needs to be done?
While training his platoon to take down an enemy base, Lt. Cmdr. Jon Cannon learned a valuable lesson.
Dieter Zetsche, who became quasifamous as “Dr. Z” on TV commercials for Chrysler, didn’t turn around the automaker, but he did learn from the failure.
Law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison rose as a tough New Economy powerhouse, then fell into chaotic demise. Leaders from other law firms were mystified: How could a firm so strong have failed so massively?
Want high-performance employees? Keep them engaged.
Everybody’s got a “trust thermostat,” reports performance coach Kevin Eikenberry, who advises setting your thermostat near 10 degrees.
Management guru Peter Drucker left us with many thoughts on leadership when he died a few years ago. Here’s one from the vault: