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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Here are some surprising ways a few of the big chiefs stay so productive: Drop what you’re doing and sleep ... Fire your assistant ... Be consistent ... Pick up a challenging habit or train for a triathlon ... Give people half the time they request ... Focus on handshakes, not contracts.

While it’s valuable—and fun—to listen to the positive coaches, mentors and friends in your life, it’s also imperative to ignore the downers, says master marketer Jerry Acuff.
NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, as a tight end for the Baltimore Colts, made his mark on professional football. He used his outstanding speed to add an extra dimension to offensive play, taking the tight end position—until then mainly a vehicle for blocking and short passes—and turning himself a constant threat for the long touchdown pass.
David Kahn, once owner of Blockbuster and Subway franchises, not to mention a mansion and a Hummer, watched his profit assumptions go down the tubes. But he never cashed in his dreams:
It’s easy to say you’re accountable. But not so easy to say, “Call my cell.”
Garrett Camp, co-founder of the Internet utility StumbleUpon, which helps discover websites that match your interests, tweeted his approach to new product development. He says not to get hung up on potential problems: “When in doubt, proceed.”
TV producer Stephen Cannell, who created iconic characters and won Emmys for “The A-Team,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Rockford Files,” offers these tips for leaders:

Mark Twain and Jesus had it right when they said we all are sheep. Business improvement guru and Good to Great author Jim Collins makes the same point in Great by Choice. There, he debunks some myths.

In the early years of the Medici banking empire, which established commerce throughout Europe and later funded the greatest art of the Italian Renaissance, its founders had to set some ground rules. Still, it became clear immediately that however terrific the rules, staffing is always most important. Then as now, you need honest and astute managers.

Nancy McKinstry, CEO of the multinational publisher Wolters Kluwer, describes herself as an analytical person. She also calls herself an “insider-outsider” who knows her company thoroughly from the inside but also is an outsider—she became its first non-Dutch CEO and the first woman to lead it. She says she likes hiring people who have overcome adversity because ...

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