Leadership Skills

Don’t just be a boss — be a leader. Maximize your leadership skills in the five most crucial areas: decision making, executive coaching, leadership training, strategic management and understanding your leadership style.

Situational leadership changes depending on the type of leadership (direction and support) each of your employee’s needs. Emotional leadership is based more on the theory of emotional intelligences and relates to the situation at hand.
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Eric Tveter doesn’t crave the spotlight. But the CEO of UPC Cablecom, a Swiss cable company, knows that public speaking and media appearances come with the job. “I am not a natural orator, and am more introverted than extroverted,” he says. But his low-key, conversational delivery actually makes him more authentic and likable.
Experts often emphasize the importance of making work fun. While it’s true that leaders who enjoy themselves tend to exhibit more passion, there’s no guarantee that having fun goes hand-in-hand with success. Just ask Herb Greenberg.

The Dalai Lama offers surprising advice for leaders who worry about becoming too self-centered. His Holiness actually doesn’t see self-regard as entirely bad. “We need to be somewhat self-­centered in order to succeed in life,” he says.

As a senior executive at Pepsi in 1992, Craig Weatherup realized his company’s core product—cola—was losing its luster. Years of lagging sales indicated that consumers’ interest had peaked and they weren’t going to buy more cola regardless of Pepsi’s marketing efforts ...
As CEO of Prudential Group Insurance, Lori Fouche is one of the most powerful women in business. The 47-year-old credits her success in part to her ability to describe her leadership style succinctly.
Curtis Macnguyen, described as “old school,” is a former hedge fund star, and that is not acceptable to him.
As vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bill Owens was the second-highest-ranking military officer in the United States. But before he took that job, he aced a tough assignment in downsizing the U.S. Navy during the early 1990s.
Within days of joining Schering-Plough as its CEO in 2003, Fred Hassan knew he had to take bold action to save the big pharmaceutical company. Federal regulators were investigating the firm’s marketing practices, sales were plummeting and its cash flow was drying up ...

In 1991, Duncan McFie moved to King Island to launch a career as a teacher. The remote island, part of Tasmania, has clear air, sparkling water and little pollution. McFie, 47, soon learned that King Island rainwater is among the purest in the world because trade winds carry its rain clouds 7,000 miles from South America without passing over any land ...

“The minute that you have a backup plan, you’ve admitted that you’re not going to succeed,” says Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos, a health technology company.