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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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Legendary Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham developed her tough leadership style during battles that almost sank the newspaper in the 1970s. Plagued almost daily by printers’ and pressmen’s slowdown tactics and bullying tactics from their unions, Graham worried nightly whether the next day’s paper would get out on time.
Some say Microsoft's “stack ranking” policy crippled the company’s ability to innovate. “Stack ranking” is a system that forces each functional unit to rate every employee as a top performer, a good performer, average or poor.
What they should tell you during business school commencement speeches is this: In the real world, you’re going to need to build and channel influence.
Success is not about having more money or connections than the other guy. It’s about being willing to “outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business,” says Mark Cuban, the tech billionaire.
One reason that Polaroid went out of business, says former Polaroid CEO Gary T. DiCamillo, is that the revenue it earned from film sales served as a blockade, preventing experimentation with new business models. Eventually, all successful companies run across this problem.
In a new examination of twin studies, Scott Shane, management professor at Case Western Reserve University, reveals a growing consensus that genes really do account for many of the differences between individuals—in business as well as the rest of life.
Scott Thompson was ousted by Yahoo after the company found that Thompson had lied about his credentials. Was a résumé fib a big deal or a little one? Leadership blogger Wally Bock insists that a CEO should be held to the highest standards, and fudging on a résumé is hardly an unintentional act.

It’s the rare CEO who demotes himself. Yet, that’s exactly what Twitter chief Evan Williams did two years ago, stepping down to focus on strategy while handing over the top job to Dick Costolo, an executive with greater business acumen.

When a crisis arises, a manager must be prepared to step up and lead the teams.
"The primary mistake I see many leaders make is falling into the 'Popeye Syndrome' (I am what I am). Their attitude is: If you don’t like the way I do things, who cares?" says Sal Silvester, organizational development consultant.
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