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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Most leaders think strategy drives leadership. “The fact is, culture eats strategy for lunch,” says Dick Clark, who took over the pharmaceutical firm Merck in 2005 and discovered an insular, ivory tower culture ...

Sometimes, employees who do great at one job lay an egg when promoted up the org chart. When that happens, and you find you have to terminate the employee, be sure to document exactly what went wrong. Otherwise, the employee may sue, claiming some sort of discrimination ...

Most managers have faced this dilemma at least once in their careers: A candidate looks great on paper and gives a knockout interview; but two weeks into the new job, you're less than enthused. You now have a choice: Cut your losses or run a salvage operation.

Front-line managers are often dropped into management roles without knowing how to manage people or where to turn for advice. Yet, these are the people tasked with making customers and employees happy, and carrying out the organization's mission ...

You expect your managers to possess basic values, communicate clearly and act like responsible adults. But sometimes, you get a bad apple. If you’re regretting a management hire, first judge the degree of badness. A “continuum of badness” has been developed to help you.

After a long and storied career as a State Department Foreign Service Officer and business consultant, Fisher Howe understands the inner workings of leadership.
Your employees won't support every decision you make. But if they resist, at least you can persuade them that you're analyzing it accurately.
It began as a routine meeting. Joyce Russell was a senior executive convening with colleagues to divvy up annual bonuses for their managers. But Russell disapproved of her colleagues' decision to give a high-performing manager a low bonus while allocating what struck her as an inordinately large bonus to a senior executive sitting in the room.

Your interview with a top candidate goes well. At the end, you toss out the obligatory, “Are there any other questions?” The candidate asks, “What’s the turnover rate in the department where I would work? What are the main reasons employees leave and where do they go?” The question catches you off guard ...

When co-workers behave badly at work, step forward to develop your leadership skills.

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