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.

After his stint as chief logistician for the 1991 Gulf War, Army Lt. Gen. William “Gus” Pagonis became executive vice president for Sears, Roebuck & Co. He started asking questions the day he arrived, but became frustrated because no one would tell him about problems. All anybody would say was that operations were running “fine.”
Once a month, ask yourself the “three A’s”:
ReDonna Rodgers founded the Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Milwaukee because she wanted teens in low-income neighborhoods to learn basic business and finance. Her theme: “I am the CEO of me.”

Some employers use personality or psychological tests to screen applicants and employees being considered for jobs or promotions. Proponents say personality tests are an economical way of screening employees. However, critics argue that these tests might not accurately predict an individual’s honesty, integrity or other personality traits. Others say the tests violate the employee’s privacy ...

William Filene was born into a poor family in Poland in 1830. He started out in America with a store the size of a small bedroom. But he kept building until he had one of the most successful retail chains in American history.
People are always looking for “natural” leaders. Think of Mozart, who wrote his first symphony at age 8.
Multitasking isn’t a solution. It’s a problem.
Marissa Mayer used baby-sitting money she earned to buy her first computer. Later, she helped build a web site called Google.
Jack Canfield, co-author of the Chicken Soup book series, has plenty of advice on leadership and success.
Clever people really don’t like somebody telling them what to do. Harvard researchers confirm this. So, how are you supposed to handle geniuses?