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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Many leaders pride themselves on their ability to listen. But to listen well, you must do more than concentrate on what you hear: You need to ask smart questions. Follow these steps to ex­­tract more information through probing.

Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger, former publisher of The New York Times who died in 2012, had not been an obvious choice as leader. Mild-mannered, introverted and modest, Sulzberger remained modest even after great success in the family business.

Chuck Yeager turned 90 in February but refuses to slow down. “While I’m not gonna run no marathon, I still hunt and fish and fly,” says the guy who broke the speed of sound with a rocket plane in 1947.
In 1986, Richard Manoogian was CEO of Masco, a maker of faucets and household products that had produced 29 straight years of earnings growth. The firm was generating nearly $2 billion in cash—and Manoogian decided to invest a big chunk of it in the furniture business. Manoogian called it “probably one of the worst decisions I’ve made in 35 years.”
You can trumpet your organization’s core values and unshakable ethics. But your actions will influence what em­­ployees think far more than your words.
To bring cultures together, identify differences in attitudes and work habits. Then address the differences so that everyone gains a better understanding of their colleagues’ perspectives. Skip this step and conflicts can erupt. This occurred after Daimler-Benz acquired Chrysler in 1998.
You’ve probably been watching global finances with a wary eye, waiting and wondering if it’s all going to blow up. But it’s not under your control.
Whether you feel like a “born leader” or a thinly veiled fraud, you can develop valuable insights by quizzing yourself on your skills, traits and experience as a leader. On each of these items, give yourself an “S” for strong or “N” for needs improvement.
Run down this list to see if your behavior aligns with the “high influence style” of leadership.
Leaders need to project the kind of confidence that can start a conversation instead of shutting it down, so they should aim to be more like Oprah Winfrey than Martha Stewart.
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