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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Even as the New York Mets flamed out in spectacular fashion last fall, the team’s All-Star third baseman, David Wright, put in a stellar performance, batting .397 during the final 17 games. Yet, as the team squandered a seven-game division lead, Wright stood at his locker after every loss and took responsibility for the team.
Use the fortunes of prominent organizations to gain insights into leading your own enterprise.
When you fire an employee, you want the decision to stick. You certainly don’t want to use a flimsy reason for discharge and then find out later that other employees regularly ignore your rule. If the former employee is a member of a protected class, that’s a sure recipe for a discrimination lawsuit ...
When an employee sues for an alleged discriminatory firing, the court will want to see the employee’s evaluation. A sterling evaluation and high praise quickly cast doubt on a termination supposedly based on poor performance. How, then, can you encourage honest evaluations? Have employees identify their own weaknesses and address those in their performance evaluations ...
If you can gather with a group of friends to talk about a book everyone is reading, then you can do the same when talking about financial matters, says financial expert Jean Chatzky.
After building Lee Hecht Harrison into a large career management firm, Steve Harrison hired an executive coach in order to upgrade his leadership skills.
Big companies are like living laboratories for small firms: Watch them closely and you can learn much from their trials and triumphs.
British entrepreneur Richard Branson has turned his Virgin brand into a conglomerate of more than 350 companies. His unique leadership style requires some studying:
Many leaders have overcome hard knocks and used those experiences to give meaning to their lives. Leadership starts with understanding your own life story, then testing yourself through experience and reframing the story. “Authentic leaders” use feedback that grounds them, guides them and helps reinforce their dedication to a mission.