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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The Time Trap by Alec Mackenzie has gained a cult following among executives eager to wring more value from every working hour. And with good reason. Consider Mackenzie’s guidelines for delegating.
When Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham made the decision to pursue a story about a “third-rate burglary” at the Watergate complex, she could not have known that it would lead to a two-year hunt ultimately incriminating Richard Nixon. Or that it would put her moral leadership on the map.
Artists are the creative ones, you know, the other-side-of-the-brain people. Like any other leader, artists:

Employees can save between 5% and 20% on their home and car insurance if they buy it through your organization’s voluntary benefits program. That can be a welcome relief to an employee whose health insurance premiums are steadily increasing, and a way for employers to give workers a break on another necessary expense ...

Here are the five types of followers based on their levels of engagement:
Next to the art of listening, the art of asking good questions will help you more than anything else in your leadership training. If you ask questions well, you can solve problems, manage tough situations and more easily influence everything that happens.
Passion and overweening pride always remain threats to effective leadership, but optimism is a requirement.
The Admirable Crichton, a wildly popular comedy by J.M. Barrie, opened in London in 1902 and ran for more than 800 performances. New productions followed in New York, and then the play became the basis for several films.
One of the hardest leadership feats is making crisp, clean-cut decisions. That’s because people in their right minds never stop fearing the possibility of a bad call.
Here's how to flex your maternal muscle in the office.