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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.

Lots of companies make vacuum cleaners, yet James Dyson broke new ground by creating a bagless vacuum and then putting his own name on the product. Now his company is worth $1 billion.
Bisquick and Tide, we all know the names. But how do a select handful of products hold their market share for decades?
The day someone joins your organization is the best time to exercise caring, strong leadership. Use the following statements to quickly turn a new hire into an eager contributor:
Generation Y, the boomer offspring now entering the work force, has redefined two leadership traits.
Former Coca-Cola President Jack Stahl describes what he calls six “core skills” needed to succeed in any organization.
Do you make it a habit to go that extra step and do what’s important, not merely what’s asked of you?

Only 23% of execs say HR plays a key role in shaping company strategy and affecting operating results, says a new Deloitte survey. The key for you: “Pick a project that impresses executives, impacts the bottom line and makes good use of your time,” says Dave Ulrich, co-founder of the RBL Group and a University of Michigan business professor ...

A Houston-based seismic technology and equipment company is facing a nearly $1 million jury verdict as the result of a lawsuit brought by one of its former manufacturing managers. Input/Output terminated Gaines Watkins in 2002 when he was 68 years old, claiming the company was making changes that he was “incapable or unwilling” to implement. Watkins sued, claiming he was fired because he didn’t fit the company’s new youthful image ...

Performance evaluations are important tools to help employers gauge whether employees are performing at expected levels. They can help organizations spot talent and leadership potential, while identifying areas where employees need extra training and support. Evaluations also can protect employers from frivolous lawsuits filed by employees who claim they’ve been demoted, fired or otherwise unfairly treated when the real reason was poor performance ...

Trusting the boss is a significant factor in employee loyalty, according to new research by management consultant Leadership IQ.