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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.

“Motivation” is a hot property right now. The word literally means “moving,” but it’s come to mean moving toward a goal.
The Wisdom of Teams, one of the first books to define the team phenomenon, still offers some of the best advice for managing them. Here’s how to get a stalled team moving:
Competence, compassion and commitment let you lead your team in a drive to excellence that’s more than the sum of its parts.
Show them you've got the goods: Toot your own horn and praise the admins you manage, at the same time.
In 1862, Robert E. Lee sent Jefferson Davis a dispatch to demonstrate his leadership style.

“I will keep you informed of everything of importance that transpires,” he wrote. “When you do not hear from me, you may feel sure that I do not think it necessary to trouble you. I shall feel obliged to you for any directions you may think proper to give.”
Here’s a leadership story from former Coca-Cola President Jack Stahl that shows no law says you have to let departing employees go.
Politics, in support of common goals, can be an asset to any leader.
Back when Bill Gates headed Microsoft, he served as the master strategist while Steve Ballmer worked as the tactical field marshal.
Peter Diamandis wants to change the world through his X Prize Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes innovation through competitions. What he has is the “vision thing,” so elusive and yet so vital to leadership.

If subjective criteria like attitude, leadership and being a team player are part of your organization’s employee evaluations, you’d be wise to keep detailed records of customer complaints ...