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.

A leadership practice worth copying.
Lady Bird Johnson, who died earlier this year, had to make many adjustments in her lifetime, which she did with courage and aplomb.
In the “Wild Kingdom,” you’ve got your alpha and omega animals, as demonstrated by tigers. Then you’ve got your horse of a different color.
Too many leaders base hiring decisions on education and credentials alone. They fail to consider “softer” questions, such as:
Leadership gurus say leaders must be self-assured and unflinching.
Tracy Reese, who owns a New York fashion design studio, started out humbly from an apartment in Harlem. Sometimes, she didn’t have train fare to get to the fashion district, so she walked the 60-block round trip.

The rumor mill has been working overtime about the health of Steve Jobs, but whether the tech visionary is ill or whether he’ll lead Apple for another 20 years leaves open the question of who could take over when he’s gone. It’s dicey.

Management professors are beginning to study "user innovation" as a vital ingredient of commercial creativity.
If your people rely too heavily on a company manual or rulebook, take a new tack.
A great idea is hiding somewhere in your organization. Can you find it and put it to use? If you have no clue how to uncover that idea, some of the reasons might include: