Until his death this fall at age 93, Robert Furman’s leadership in building the Pentagon and developing the atomic bomb remained virtually unknown. “He was the guy who actually handled all this stuff,” writes one historian. “He was extremely young, and he had extraordinary power.” Here’s what this one guy accomplished.
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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The turnover rate is high at your company. You’re even conducting exit interviews with every departing employee to find out what’s going on, but nobody talks. Chances are you’ve got some bad bosses. Maybe even some bullies. Only recently have scientists started looking at why cruel bosses thrive.
Not everybody is ready to step up, so congratulations if you have done so. Here are a few guiding principles on building loyalty and trust.
As nations wrestle with managing their natural resources to produce food and energy, agricultural firms have come in for some big changes. These shifts—including environmental issues and rising food costs—demand leadership. Minnesota-based agribusiness Cargill is trying to rise to the occasion.
The latest trend in workplace training may be “in the moment coaching.” It challenges employees to stay focused so they don’t leave meetings or conversations wondering what just happened. Staying in the moment keeps our minds from drifting, so we can really listen and retain critical information.
Your boss’s gender can affect just how much pain he or she seems to inflict. Researchers at the University of Toronto compared men and women working in one of three situations: (1) for a lone male supervisor, (2) for a lone female supervisor, or (3) for both a male and a female supervisor.
The same tactics you use at work can help you get everything done at home. Some people, however, leave their work skills at work. What they should be doing, experts say, is setting goals, outsourcing tasks and reviewing performance, just like a workplace manager.
You've been put in charge of planning team-building exercises for your eight-person team. To get you started, here are a few ideas from readers of the Admin Pro Forum.
Money can buy happiness, as long as you spend it on someone else, according to recent studies. One of the studies has implications for leaders striving for happier employees ...
As you gain more responsibility at work, knowing how to delegate comes into play. Here’s the smart way to delegate work.