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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As a manager, you have power over people. Don’t blow it. Adopt the mentality of a “servant leader” and strive to support your workers’ efforts.
You know you’re smart. But do others appreciate your intelligence?

Move over, Google. Microsoft grabs tech headlines this month by adding zippy new features to its Internet Explorer browser. Here are four cool tricks that will save time for you and your employees.

It’s not just players who can change the game. Leaders can, too. Take Zack Greinke, one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. Four years ago, Greinke hated pitching so much that he had to play little mind games to stay engaged. In desperation, he went to his bosses, general manager Allard Baird and manager Buddy Bell, who told him to go home and stop thinking about baseball ...

Most leaders want to work with people with a positive attitude. But Howard Behar tolerates and even welcomes negative personalities.
In a recent speech by a senior executive at Lockheed Martin Corp., the speaker discussed faulty predictions that experts have made over the years. She was trying to make a point that even the most knowledgeable experts cannot see into the future.
Fresh from graduating Harvard Business School, Bob Seelert joined General Foods’ product management staff in 1967. His first assignment: Help launch Start, an instant breakfast drink. “Little did I know it was about to become the single biggest disaster in the company’s history,” says Seelert.
Every crisis will pass. And when it does, your reputation will either soar or suffer based on how you handled it.

Soon after Gary Lizalek was hired at a Wisconsin medical firm, he informed the company that he believed, as a matter of religious faith, that he was three separate beings. The company fired all three Lizaleks. He sued, saying the company failed to accommodate his religious beliefs.

Question: "I am on a task force to develop a "desk audit" or "task audit" that will give our 20-member staff a better sense of how our time is spent, where we can become more efficient, and address unanticipated tasks. Our strategic planning consultants have told us that it would be best to develop our own workflow audit, as there are few models in the not-for-profit world.  They recommend choosing an "appropriate" unit of time and reporting frequency, making it easy and sharing data with staff frequently to show progress, but we're still feeling daunted by the task.  Has anyone developed a desk/task audit that they'd be willing to share?  How did you make it palatable to your co-workers?"  — Louise

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