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.

Most organizations say they want leadership but they actually pound it out of people. Rather than cultivating leaders, they breed role-players with no sense of self or mission.
During World War II, Gen. George Patton often prepared troops for battle with a rousing motivational speech later portrayed in his movie biography. It began with the famous statement, “I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other dumb bastard die for his country.”
Brusque Chicagoan Sam Zell made his billions by timing the real estate market. So until recently, only the business press paid much attention to him, his motorcycle and his elaborate holiday gift-giving.
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Send “casual” e-mails to your team just to share some information or spread a little company news.
Dwyane Wade overcame subsistence living in Chicago to find success on the court at Marquette University. Last year, he led his pro team, the Miami Heat, to the 2006 NBA championship.
In 1895 at age 36, Teddy Roosevelt became a member of NewYork City’s police board. He approached the job with such energy that a journalist named Jacob Riis asked him if he wasn’t angling to become president of the United States one day.

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