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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When Kevin Rollins took over as chief executive at Dell last year, he arrived just in time to see profits begin to slump. Rollins could’ve blamed a saturated marketplace or other external factors. Instead, he decided that poor management was to blame. In a gutsy upside-down move to shake things up, he asked employees to review their bosses’ performance.
U.S. business leaders tend to be professional managers with fewer family and political ties than leaders elsewhere, says one Harvard business professor who’s studied the issue. Because of this relative independence from family and politics in business, the research indicates, Americans use a greater variety of leadership styles. Which one of these describes you?
Robert Hopkins, a pilot and photographer during World War II, could have settled for being one of many photographers assigned in 1945 to the Yalta conference in the Crimea, where the three main Allied leaders would shape the postwar world. Instead, being crowded out of prime shots by some 30 Russian photographers led the young Hopkins to assert his leadership skills.
IBM has always been known for its leadership training. So, why did it decide to rewrite its own book on leadership? In 2002, incoming CEO Sam Palmisano decided that the Internet really did change everything, and Big Blue’s leadership model would have to change.
You're the leader of a sales team that closes high-value deals every day, and you're justifiably proud of your team's consistent performance. But today, you're in a quandary, after a disturbing conversation with your top salesperson ...
Many a leader has crashed on the rocks of mergers and acquisitions. That’s because the sirens’ call says that merging two corporate cultures is the “soft stuff.” The hard truth, notes Susan Bowick, who retired last year as an executive vice president at Hewlett- Packard (HP), is that “the soft stuff is the hardest stuff.”
"We're living through a historically steep leadership learning curve. Unfortunately, we're learning from unbelievably poor examples of leadership." So writes consultant and leadership coach Dan Coughlin in his book, Corporate Catalysts.
In his book Corporate Catalysts, author Dan Coughlin identifies 20 leadership tools—"different ways to influence the way other people think. They are very simple ideas; that's the point. Being a great leader is not complicated." Here's a sampling:
Issue: Becoming more involved in a local college's career programs, beyond attending job fairs and posting openings.
Risk: Your organization can morph itself into an employer of choice for interns ...
Here is an abbreviated version of five practices that lay out the leader’s path:
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